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Behaviour In The House Of Representatives

Media Release

16 March 2004

BEHAVIOUR IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

New Zealand First MP Dail Jones has called on Helen Clark and Don Brash to refrain from slanging matches and concentrate on the problems facing the country.

“What should really matter to the voter is the way in which a Member of Parliament conducts one self inside the House and in the way in which they vote, rather than their extra-parliamentary activities,” said Mr Jones.

‘For example, I note that Ms. Clark and Dr Brash voted in favour of the prostitution Reform Bill. They appear to have identical views on social issues and it would not surprise me if they both also support the proposed Civil Union Bill relating to homosexual and lesbian marriages. I voted against the Prostitution Reform Bill as did all New Zealand First MPs.

“This is a House of Representatives, which thrives on a wide variety of representation. Whether one is a Christian, agnostic, Muslim, atheist, homosexual, heterosexual, transsexual or whatever, adds to the diversity of Parliament and its representation.

“Members have to accept that certain people have been voted into office and it is up to the electors to decide whether they stay there,” said Mr Jones.

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