Posts Tagged ‘Voting’

Family Integrity #430 — The Kiwi Party’s 1st Fifteen – policies, LIVE on Youtube!

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008
25 September 2008 Family Integrity #430 — The Kiwi Party’s 1st Fifteen – policies, LIVE on Youtube!

Dear All,
For your information.
Craig Smith

The Kiwi Party’s 1st Fifteen – policies,

LIVE on Youtube!

Click on links below to view Gordon

Copland, MP, addressing policy.

Feel free to ‘cut and paste and pass along’ the information in this email to those on your mailing list, or to any web discussion groups you are on, or simply forward to others.

Or, if talking to others, tell them to type ‘Kiwi Party’s 1st 15′ in the YouTube ( search box to access all videos.

No 1

Length – 03:17

Repeal of the ‘anti-smacking law’, and establishing a Royal Commission to investigate family breakdown.

No 2

Length – 02:57

Establishing lower thresholds for, and making referenda binding.

No 3

Length – 02:57

Repeal of law legalizing and legitimizing prostitution.

No 4

Length – 04:48


No 5

Length – 04:03

Increase minimum wage to $15/hr and provide tax credits to employers.

No 6

Income splitting for married couples, and GST off Rates.

Length – 02:47

No 7

Length – 03:42

Housing affordability.

No 8

Length – 03:12

Promoting and aiding strong marriages and families.

No 9

Length – 02:30

Education – funding follows students.

No 10

Length – 03:19

Alcohol and drugs.

No 11

Length – 03:03

Justice – Law and Order – Victim Restoration to become primary focus of sentencing, plus longer, non-parole sentences for serious crime.

No 12

Length – 02:22

Health and hospital waiting lists…

No 13

Length – 04:46

Right of access to outdoors, and total ban on 1080.

No 14

Length – 04:07


No 15

Length – 05:01

Climate change, Kyoto, and the Emissions Trading Scheme.

ACT will repeal the anti-smacking legislation

Monday, September 22nd, 2008


On Kiwiblog today, there was a comment that ACT were only interested in “slogans not policy”… which of course I don’t agree is true. However Rodney (what other political party leader would be bothered to write a rebuttal??) got online and posted these words of wisdom:

I am not an expert on law and order policy. I realise its the number one job of government to keep us safe and secure from the thugs and bullies — and to back us up when we defend ourselves. I have listened to the debates in Parliament and concluded the MPs and bureaucrats have no answers, just more of the same.

That’s why I enlisted the help of Garth McVicar of Sensible Sentencing Trust and Peter Low from the Asian Anti-Crime Group. They have helped ACT a lot with policy.

Roger Douglas has taught me that it is not enough simply to care. You need policies that will deliver results. And people who can deliver the policy.

That’s why we have worked so hard on this one with so many different groups. Garth has been a great help. And it was a huge bonus to be able to attract David Garret to stand at list place number five. He’s the most impressive speaker on law and order I have heard.

A key policy is the SST’s three strikes and your out. It’s been drafted by David Garrett. It will work. We have committed an extra billion a year to keeping our streets safe.

And no, it doesn’t include smacking. Besides, ACT will repeal the anti-smacking legislation following the referendum.

ACT has worked hard to have credible fiscal policy. We have done the same in education. I am especially proud of the work on law and order. I know of no other party that has done the work we have or who are offering a genuine alternative this election.

It was especially heartening to have Garth McVicar and Peter Low speak at our law and order launch.

Website Shows Voting Record on Family Issues

Sunday, September 21st, 2008


21 September 2008

Website Shows Voting Record on Family Issues

Family First NZ has today launched a website highlighting the conscience and family related bills voted on over the past 6 years, and how each MP and political party has voted.

The website is and has an accompanying pamphlet.

“Over the past six years there have been a number of law changes voted on by our politicians specifically impacting the welfare of kiwi families, and the role of parents and marriage,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “Some of these laws – like the anti-smacking law, the Care of Children Act and the ‘parental notification’ law (relating to abortion) – have undermined the important role parents play in their children’s lives.”

“Others – like the Civil Unions Act, Relationships Act, and the lack of support for the Marriage Amendment Bill – have weakened and attempted to redefine the traditional family structure, ignoring the mass body of research which shows that family structure and marriage is hugely beneficial, not only for children, but for adults and families as well.”

“And laws – such as the decriminalisation of prostitution, the euthanasia bill, the Easter trading laws, and Parliament’s refusal to raise the drinking age – have failed to take into account what is best for the welfare and safety of families.”

The website allows voters to see how their local MP and each political party has voted on these important social issues.

“Despite many of them being conscience votes, in many cases, there seems to be a ‘collective conscience’!,” says Mr McCoskrie. “But most concerning of all has been the inability of MPs to hear the wishes and concerns of NZ families – for example, surveys showed that over 70% wanted the drinking age raised to 20, approximately 83% opposed the anti-smacking bill, and over 71% believed that a parent should be informed if a girl under 16 goes to a doctor to seek an abortion.”

“Families deserve laws that strengthen and protect them – not ones that redefine and undermine them according to politically correct ideology. We hope this record of how our members of parliament voted on important family-based legislation will help voters make an informed decision of who to vote for at Election ’08.”


For More Information and Media Interviews, contact Family First:

Bob McCoskrie – National Director

Mob. 027 55 555 42

Test of Democracy In Parliament Today

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008


27 August 2008

Test of Democracy In Parliament Today

Family First NZ says that there will be a test in Parliament today of whether NZ is a democracy that represents the voice of New Zealanders.

Independent MP Gordon Copeland is seeking the leave of the House for a debate on a motion that the House recommends to the Government that that anti-smacking referendum be held at the same time as the General Election. (Under section 22AA (5) of the Citizens Initiated Referenda Act 1993, a Referendum can be scheduled for polling day if the “House of Representatives passes a resolution requiring the indicative referendum to be held on the polling day for the general election.” A postal vote can also close on Election day.)

“That is an ordinary 50% majority vote in the House,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “We are therefore calling on all politicians to acknowledge the voice of 310,000 signatories to the petition and require that the Referendum be held at the most obvious and effective time of the upcoming election.”

In a recent online poll by TVNZ, 81% of the 4624 voters said that the referendum should be held at the same time as the election.

“The excuses presented in the Cabinet briefing paper simply don’t stack up,” says Mr McCoskrie. “The paper acknowledges that better organisation such as separate ballot boxes and colour coding would solve many of the problems experienced in 1999.”

“It is also an insult to voters to suggest that voters would be confused by an extra question in the ballot box. Voters have been able to grasp the far more difficult MMP voting process,”

Family First NZ is also disappointed that the Deputy Prime Minister Dr Michael Cullen yesterday refused to allow acknowledgement of the huge effort put in by organisers of the two petitions on this issue which obtained more than 600,000 signatures. (The second petition fell just short of the required numbers).

“Democracy is defined as being where the people have a voice through their elected representatives. Today will be a test of whether we do live in a democracy,” says Mr McCoskrie.


For More Information and Media Interviews, contact Family First:

Bob McCoskrie JP – National Director

Tel. 09 261 2426 | Mob. 027 55 555 42