Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Wilson will marry more people than Reverend Moon

Anne Tolley
National Womens Affairs Spokesperson

13 July 2000

Professor Wilson will marry more people than Reverend Moon

National's campaign to inform New Zealanders about the pitfalls of the changes to Matrimonial Property legislation has been stepped up with the launch of a website and a planned nationwide tour, says National's Womens Affairs spokesperson Anne Tolley.

"Attorney General Margaret Wilson is planning to marry more people than Reverend Moon. But at least the Moonies made a conscious decision to get married.

"Many New Zealanders in de facto relationships are completely unaware of how the planned changes will affect them. They have made a conscious decision not to get married and should not have this commitment forced on them by the Government.

"The Government's proposal to give judges wide discretion in settling property disputes will be to the detriment of women. Professor Wilson's plan will force more women into the Family Court, which is already clogged under the current caseloads.

"Right now, 90% of breakdowns are resolved without going to Court. Only 10% make it before a judge. That's because the law gives certainty for all involved. The Government's plan will reverse those proportions forcing women into acrimonious and lengthy court proceedings. That will be bad for women and bad for their families.

"We have launched a website to inform people about the proposed changes and how they will affect them.

"National's women MPs will be hitting the road in the next few weeks with a series of public meetings to inform women's groups about the Government's proposals. We think women will be shocked by what is being proposed.

"Public hearings on the Matrimonial Property SOP No25 start next week. They are part of a much shortened consultation process the Government agreed to after considerable pressure from Opposition Parties," Mrs Tolley said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Hong Kong Protest Movement

Nearly ten weeks after the huge Hong Kong protests began, managing to still get 1.7 million people onto the streets in the rain is a testament to how strong the pro-democracy movement has become...

The pro-democracy protests enjoy huge support among Hong Kong’s youth, partly because the democratic systems currently at risk have only a limited time span. More>>



Welfare: More Measures To Help Those Facing Homelessness

Ministers have announced $54 million in Government funding for initiatives which will support at-risk individuals and whānau to stay in their existing tenancies. The funding will also provide additional wrap around services. More>>


Corrections: New Strategy On Māori Reoffending And imprisonment

Authentic co-design with Māori, incorporating a Te Ao Māori worldview, and greater connectedness with whānau are key elements of Hōkai Rangi, Corrections’ new departmental strategy designed to address the long-term challenge of Māori reoffending and imprisonment. More>>


Pacific Island Forum: Australia v Everyone Else On Climate Action

Traditionally, communiques capture the consensus reached at the meeting. In this case, the division on display between Australia and the Pacific meant the only commitment is to commission yet another report into what action needs to be taken. More>>


Unscoped Or Missed Damage: Resolution For Canterbury Owners Of On-Sold Homes

People with over-cap on-sold* properties in Canterbury can now apply for a Government payment so they can get on and repair their homes. More>>


Hamilton-Auckland: First Urban Growth Partnership Signed

New Zealand’s first urban growth partnership between the Government, local councils and mana whenua was signed at a meeting of mayors, chairs and ministers in Hampton Downs today. More>>


Vote On Action Next Week: Secondary Principals Walk From Negotiations

“Unfortunately we consider there is no further value in continuing negotiations at this point. The government has not been able to table an offer that will be acceptable to our members.” More>>

Patrol Car Stolen, Glocks Taken: Manhunt In Gore

The driver rammed the patrol car before fleeing on foot with Police chasing, also on foot. The man has then circled back around, stolen the patrol vehicle, which had the keys left in it, and rammed another Police car... Two Police-issued Glock pistols were stolen. More>>





InfoPages News Channels