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Voters Wanting To Know Values of Candidates

18 August 2014

Voters Wanting To Know Values of Candidates

Family First NZ has had a massive response to its resource Value Your Vote 2014 which highlights the voting record of current MP’s on a number of controversial family and conscience issues from the past twelve years.

The site www.valueyourvote.org.nz – and also a free smartphone app - also finds out the views of party leaders on a wide range of family issues.

“The politicians want voters to know their policies, but voters also want to know their values,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

“Voters deserve to know where their local candidates stand on abortion, euthanasia, redefining marriage further, surrogacy, fixing the anti-smacking law, decriminalising marijuana, protecting communities from the harms of prostitution and gambling, and many other important family issues.”

The voting record shows how existing MP’s have voted over the past four terms on controversial issues, and also finds out the party leaders’ and all candidates’ views and voting intentions on issues ranging from marriage, income splitting, decriminalisation of abortion, euthanasia and marijuana through to loan sharks, Easter trading laws, same-sex adoption, paid parental leave, and broadcasting standards.

Almost 125,000 copies of the 12-page brochure “You be the Kingmaker” summarising the information has already been distributed.

“Over the past decade there have been a number of law changes voted on by our politicians specifically impacting the welfare of kiwi families, and the role and protection of parents and marriage. This website allows families to see how their local MP and each political party has voted on these important social issues, and where the candidates at this upcoming election stand on these issues and others affecting families. Families deserve laws that strengthen and protect them – not ones that redefine and undermine them,” says Mr McCoskrie.

“We are pleased to offer this resource to assist families in making an informed choice at the polling booth this September.”


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