Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Is This Really Democracy?

Is This Really Democracy?

PROMOTE is deeply disenchanted with the democratic process - which it says has become a complete farce.

A deeply controversial Bill that has very real potential to bring devastating consequences to future generations of New Zealanders has just passed the third reading with shouts of jubilation. But let's look at the process:

* 95% of submissions to the Select Committee regarding the Civil Union Bill were strongly opposed to its introduction (5892 submitters opposed compared with 278 in support).

* In two polls taken (TV1 and 2ZB) between 75% and 82% of the population were opposed to the Bill's introduction.

* An amendment by National's Justice Minister Richard Worth was proposed which removed the 'same sex marriage' aspects of the Bill and actually included the rights that gays have been crying out for. Yet this amendment was rejected and the Bill, as passed, includes no rights whatsoever other than that of having a state-sanctioned Civil Union Ceremony - it wasn't about rights at all was it!

The proponents of the Bill told us that there is a real need for a ceremony free of the religious trappings of marriage. Interestingly the report from the Select Committee states that over the two years preceding the Bill 38% of marriages were performed by a Religious Celebrant and 47% were performed by a Civil Celebrant, along with 18% in a Registry Office. Oh! - So we have already had access to 'civil unions' for heterosexual couples that wish to solemnize their relationship? Why then has this been sold as necessary for them when the reality is that it isn't!

It is actually a Bill about same-sex marriage after all! The plain fact is, there has been no cry for this legislation from any other faction than the 0.05% of the population who are in same-sex relationships and, rather than a cry for access to hospital visiting rights etc, it is really a cry to 'walk down the isle together'.

The whole argument for the Bill has been one of smoke and mirrors, built on the understanding that if you tell the same lie enough times you'll get people to believe you - you may even start to believe yourself!

This is not a victory for the democratic process at all. No, this is a victory for those who are determined to push their agenda through with dishonest stealth combined with vociferous mockery of their opposition - whom they label as a right wing extremist homophobic minority. But they are the mainstream and they will remember at election time.

The saddest thing is that the proponents of this Bill cannot see beyond their own agenda to the effect on the proceeding generations of children who will pay the price of the normalization of what is typically a volatile, broken family model.

Whatever happened to democracy?

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>


Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. 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>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election