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

 


Public Side-lined as Activists Force Cultural Change


Public Side-lined as Activists Force Cultural Change


“While proponents of the redefinition of marriage continue to move the bill forward, the public of New Zealand has been side lined” says Colin Craig, leader of the Conservative Party.


“We have a Select Committee that refused to hear many submitters, cases of MPs refusing to meet with constituents, and last night a proposal to put the matter to a referendum was voted down in parliament. “


“The irony is, that most of the MPs who opposed the referendum proposal last night, expect the National government to hold and be guided by a referendum on state asset sales. This double standard is hard to justify when you consider that the sale of state assets was a declared policy prior to last election, unlike redefining marriage which the public have not had the chance to consider or vote on.


Mr Craig says “Supporters of this bill have from the outset maintained that this bill does no harm and will not affect the existing institution of marriage. This is simply not true, as the redefinition of marriage is a cultural change being forced upon New Zealanders. To make this change without a mandate from the people is utterly inappropriate.”


“The debate last night was disappointing. Very few MPs commented on what this change will mean to New Zealand society and what future impacts can be expected. “


“There was little mention of the change to adoption practice, and that as a nation we are now proposing that same-sex parents provide an equally good parenting arrangement as a Mum and Dad. This is a highly contestable viewpoint, and one that deserves extensive discussion with reference to the relevant research. Independent polling shows that New Zealanders clearly think that a loving Mum and Dad is the preferred parenting arrangement for adoptive children. Fifteen years from now will those who supported the bill last night be willing to face such children as teenagers and explain why they thought they could do without a Mum or Dad?


"There seemed to be little understanding that the bill promotes Gender Neutralisation. This is most obviously seen in the impending removal of terms such as “bride” and “bridegroom” from marriage forms and “husband” and “wife" from certain legislation including the Adoption Act. Gender difference does matter and the combination of both male and female in a marriage and in parenting is unique and distinct from a same sex relationship. I believe a majority of New Zealanders support the current differentiation that exists in New Zealand law.” Says Mr Craig.
ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Regulators: Govt To ‘Crowd-Source’ Regulatory Advice

A wide-ranging set of reforms is to be implemented to shake up the way New Zealand government agencies develop, write and implement regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Board Appointments: Some Minister Appoint Less The 3 In 10 Women

“It’s 2015 not 1915: Ministers who appoint less than 3 in 10 women to their boards must do better, they have no excuse but to do better,” said Dr Blue. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The 1990s Retro Proposals For Our Health System

As we learned yesterday, the reviews propose that the democratically elected representation on DHBs should be reduced, such that community wishes will be able to be over-ridden by political appointees. In today’s revelations, the reviews also propose a return to the destructive competitive health model of the 1990s. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Cab Press Conference: Foreign Buyers Register, TPP And Serco

At a press conference today in Wellington, John Key discussed the foreign buyers register as well as the TPP and Serco. Key was questioned on whether a stamp tax might be used as a tool to deal with foreign buyers. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood Satire: Serco To Outsource Prison To Public Sector

In response to high-profile failings, multinational omnicorporation Serco will introduce public management in its prison system. Serco's New Zealand manager, speaking on condition of anonymity, has announced plans for managers from the Department of Corrections to run the Mt Eden Correctional Facility. More>>

National Party Conference: Plans To Nudge Immigrants Towards Regions

The Government will introduce a package of immigration measures aimed at improving the spread of workers, skills and investment across New Zealand, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse says. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections: Serco Relieved Of Control At Mt Eden Prison, Retains Contract

Multi-national private prison operator Serco has been forced to hand back control of Auckland's Mt Eden remand prison to the Department of Corrections, which has used a 'step-in' clause in its contract with Serco following a string of increasingly serious allegations about contraband, prisoner injuries and a death. More>>

ALSO:

Other Experiments: Failing Charter School Stays Open 'For Kids'

Education Minister Hekia Parata says she has given Te Pumanawa o te Wairua in Northland a chance to continue operating because of her concerns about finding other educational opportunities for its students. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news