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


United Future Sells Out Over Families

United Future Sells Out Over Families

New Zealand First MP Dail Jones has accused United Future of selling out to Labour over its election policy regarding the establishment of the Commission for the Family.

Mr Jones today listed United Future’s pledge:

Establish a Commission for the Family To promote the status of families and the role of parents. To ensure all policy development reflects the fundamental needs of families and their children. To provide a family mediation service to support, promote and develop the provision of marriage and relationship counselling services. To facilitate family support and parental education classes. To improve co-ordination of government departments.

Mr Jones said the Government’s legislation for a Families Commission fails to set out these requirements and did not even define a family.

“United Future stood at the last election as the party that supported Christian family values.

“The Bill introduced by the Government allows homosexual and lesbian relationships to flourish. It also supports ‘gang type’ family membership.

It is clear that United Future Party has sold out to Labour’s social extremists and if the party had any political courage, it would withdraw supply from the Budget until the legislation was made acceptable.”

Mr Jones said the Government Bill failed to promote the family or family values and he had already prepared a Commission for the Family Bill which set out the general functions and powers of the Commission.

“None of these powers appear to be included in the Labour Party’s Bill and one wonders what the role of the Families Commission would be, bearing in mind that it appears to have no powers and no definition.” he said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: Zimbabwe - Meet The New Bosses

At 75, Mnangagwa is not exactly what you’d call a new broom. As many observers have pointed out, his track record has been one of unswerving dedication to Mugabe ever since the days of anti-colonial insurgency...

The falling out with Mugabe two weeks ago came only after Mugabe attempted to build a dynastic succession around his wife, Grace. Mnangagwa fled to South Africa, from where he orchestrated an Army coup led by his long–time ally, General Constantino Chiwenga, head of the country’s armed forces. To these guys, things had to change in Zimbabwe, so that things could remain the same. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election