New Zealand First believes that ACC is a state responsibility and should be maintained as such.
Barbara initially entered Parliament as a New Zealand First list member in 2002, staying until 2008 when the 5% threshold was not reached by New Zealand First. She re-entered Parliament in 2011.
In the three years New Zealand First was out of Parliament, she returned to her long time passion of education.
Barbara is the Party spokesperson for Health, Tourism and Associate Spokesperson for Senior Citizens. Being a member of the Health Select Committee has given her an understanding of the challenges involved in running a complex public health system that is subject to ever-increasing demands.
New Zealand First will promote policies that recognise that people with disabilities are in the best position to identify and articulate their own needs and thus ensure that the private sector is aware of its obligations.
New Zealand First believes social welfare should exist to provide a safety net to protect the most vulnerable in our society.
New Zealand First wants a properly funded and resourced public health service. Health is a critical investment in New Zealand's human resource - not a balance sheet item.
Employers need skilled, dedicated, and flexible staff, whilst employees require stability in employment and appropriate conditions and remuneration.
New Zealand First recognises that tourism provides significant opportunities to contribute to economic growth and employment.
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New Zealand First is committed to empowering senior citizens to enable them to remain independent for as long as they wish within their communities, and maintains that our seniors must be treated with respect and not as a burden on society.
Replacing face to face consultations with teleheath calls could lead to sick callers not getting the proper and timely care they require says New Zealand First Health spokesperson Barbara Stewart.
New Zealand First says the number of people needing surgery but not on waiting lists is a ticking time bomb requiring urgent action by the Minister of Health.