Survey

I thought I'd do No Right Turn's candiate survey (even though I ain't standing for anything)

If you could ensure the passage of one act on one issue in the next
Parliament, what would it be?

Universal family assistance. It would take out the perverse incentive that inevitable comes with targetting schemes. It is a way of recognising that children are our future.

What three other electoral candidates or sitting MPs do you think are most similar to you in their political views?

Marian Hobbs
Sue Bradford
Steve Maharey

MMP is about coalitions: What sitting MP who is NOT in your party do you think is most similar to you in their political views?

Anyone in the Alliance, Greens, or Labour-left I can work with :-)

Do you support or oppose:

...raising the drinking age?

No. It will not be the savior of our children and will force more people to source their alcohol illegally.

...legalising marijuana (or pharmaceuticals based on it) for medical use?

This is a matter for the Medical board. Currently they could legalise it for medical reasons but it would still be a Class C drug. I would leave it to the medical experts.

...decriminalising or legalising marijuana for recreational use?

The Expert Advisory Committee should have control over the classification of drugs, not politicans. Thus my position is to allow the EAC to have more powers to change the status of drugs.

...allowing same-sex couples to adopt children?

Support. Discrimination is wrong.

...amending the Marriage Act to allow same-sex couples to marry?

Allow. One persons religion should not influence the rights of another person.

...allowing voluntary euthanasia or physician assisted suicide?

Support with limitations of course. All cases to go before an ethics committee.

...state funding of integrated schools?

I fully support government providing education, but integrated schools are teaching religion so it is harder. The schooling system should be fully secular, so I suppose that means I don't support it.

...the retention of sedition as a crime in the Crimes Act?

With severe limitations on it, but there maybe actual cases where it is needed, but the current case should not be going ahead.

...the retention of blasphemous libel as a crime in the Crimes Act?

Oppose.

...further restrictions on hate speech?

Support with major limitations. Everyone should have the right to say how they feel, but not neccessarily without restriction on how they say it. For instance it would be acceptable to say that one does not like immigrants, but saying 'those fucking slit-eyed Chings' would not be allowed.

...the use of indefinite detention without trial for those subject to a security risk certificate?

no. Due process is important no matter what.

...restoring the death penalty for serious crime?

no. It seems to reduce the state to the same level as the murderer. Also the problem of innocent people. For it to take place the state has to 'own' you, which I would feel uncomfortable with that notion.

...Georgina Beyer's Human Rights (Gender Identity) Amendment Bill?

I fully support this.

...Gordon Copeland's New Zealand Bill of Rights (Private Property Rights) Amendment Bill?

Against. There are more important things in life than property.

...entrenching the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act as supreme law?

Yes. Within a broader Constitution though.

...New Zealand's participation in the International Criminal Court?

Yes. We should be covered by international law.

...lowering MMP's threshold from the present 5%?

Yes, but not immediately. We have to wait for the political party system to stabilise before we change it. Another way around the problem could be that the party vote is preferential and parties which do not recieve 5% have their votes re-allocated to other parties.

Finally,

With the benefit of hindsight, how should the government have handled the Ahmed Zaoui case?

By checking facts, ensuring that he is in humane conditions (the friary) and by providing a speedy trial. Then inviting his family over to live with him in this wonderful country.

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