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Scoop Feedback: Sex, Hon. Cullen & The Judiciary

In this edition:
Cullen and the Judiciary
Dr Nick Smith MPs Stand on Crimes Amendment Bill No.2
Opposition to Civil Union Bill
Objection to Legislation - Crimes Amendment Bill No 2
Smoking OK – Crimes Amendment Bill No 2 Not OK
Sunday Star-Times Sub Editor Causes Anger

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Cullen and the Judiciary

Letter to the Editor

When Mr. Cullen attacks so-called activist judges what he is really attacking is the sole institution we possess that constrains Parliamentarians exercising unfettered power.

Parliamentarians legislate for political reasons, as they will freely admit, while Judges in contrast are bound by 1000 years of rigorously determined precedent, considerations of equity and natural justice, and a series of mechanisms of Peer review and challenge.

Judges that stand up for equity and natural justice are nothing to be decried but indeed are to be applauded. The very reason why no politician in this country supports an entrenched constitution is because they fear having their, frequently bad, decisions being put under the judicial microscope. If we allow this myth of the unfettered power of the Parliament to make bad law at its will to be established, then it can only be to our cost.

Yours faithfully

Peter Tashkoff Henderson AUCKLAND

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Dr Nick Smith MPs Stand on Crimes Amendment Bill No.2

Letter to the Editor

Re: Dr Nick Smith, Thank you for standing up for the family - and for your party's principled stance on the under-age sex issue

The world is on the precipice of calamity and possibly WWIII - yet we have these reckless reprobates who want to lower the bar instead of raise the bar in our society.

Fighting moral causes may not be glamorous and earn the big dollars and vice industry sponsorship - yet this is what will save our souls and possibly help save our society. These are the truly pivotal issues which cause nations to rise or to fall back to the ant heap of barbarism.

We have to be different from the world - in order to make a difference. best regards

Thomas Moore

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Opposition to Civil Union Bill

Letter to the Editor

I am writing to say I am opposed to the Civil Union Bill for all the reasons that make me a father and husband. I see the current state of our nation as one where the most fundamental foundation of our society is being eroded, that being the family.

A husband and wife with their children is the foundation of life, the security of children and the means of keeping life in its proper order and balance.

Simply because we are in the 21st Century, or that freedom of expression should be considered, or sexual preference should be heard, should not make us destroy that which undergirds the fundamental unit of society.

Let people live how they chose but do not structure laws to allow marriage between a man and a woman to be minimized.

Yours faithfully

Fred Morley HASTINGS

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Objection to Legislation

Letter to the Editor

Since when did the "lowest common denominator" become a gauge for determining overarching legislative intervention and policy?

Justice Minister Phil Goff wishes to sanction pre-pubescent sexual activity, because he says that we have to accept that it is happening;

Green MP Nandor Tanzcos desires cannabis decriminalisation as he believes that it is unfair to make criminals of those who break the law;

Progressive MP Matt Robson wishes to do away with both Prayer and the swearing of Oaths to the Queen as he is of the opinion that we are a default Republic already; and the drinking age has been erroneously lowered due to the fact that some sub-20 year olds were drinking anyway.

It is a universal truth that that which we encourage we will get more of, and that which we discourage we will get less of. We will never totally eliminate the stupid, the defiant, and the ignorant aspects of the human psyche.

However, we could at least corral much of the damage inflicted by all three by! simply raising our collective societal expectations, rather than continually lowering them. What a pity that, in New Zealand, we have to have individual present experience as our teacher, as opposed to collective historical wisdom.

Yours faithfully

Stephen D. Taylor Onehunga AUCKLAND

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Smoking OK – Crimes Amendment Bill No 2 Not OK

Letter to the Editor

The government's agenda of social change has gone too far.

As if legalising prostitution weren't enough, the government is now attempting to legalise statutory rape.

Where is the sense in making smoking in bars illegal but sex with a 12 year old legal?

Enough is enough.

Will the true leaders in our Nation please step forward - we need you in politics.

Yours faithfully

Michael Williams Howick AUCKLAND

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Sunday Star-Times Sub Editor Causes Anger

On the front page of the Sunday Star Times, in large letters was the heading. "Sex At Age 12 Okay Under Law Change".

This Goverment wants to allow your 12 year olds to be able to have consensual sex, with no repercussions. Mr Phil Goff, wants it, to no longer be a crime for 12 year olds.

Basicly (sic) he is telling them, go ahead have sex, its ok, you wont get into trouble any more. IF this law gets passed, this country is going to see a greater increase in sexually transmitted disease's, in our younger ones. Abortions will increase and promiscuity etc.

This Goverment should be called The Liberal Goverment not Labour. I urge all Parents and Christians to rise up and say to this Goverment, NO MORE, ENOUGH! of your Immoral, Unethical Liberal ways. We have never had a Goverment this Liberal, Immoral or Unethical before. Lets all do something about it.

Yours faithfully

Leonie McLoughlin Taradale, NAPIER.

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