Archive for the ‘Mark Burton’ category

Labour lies about Anti-Free Speech Bill

July 28, 2007

In the first reading of the anti-free speech Bill, Mark Burton gave two reasons for continuing to allow anonymous donations. The first was that it was too dififcult to find words to ban them. This is a lie, as they have words to ban anonymous donations to third partiers in the Bill, and they can easily put new sections into the bill to cover parties, similar to sections 44 and 45 which cover thied party donations.. The second reason is that it would need cross party consensus to implement such a ban. This is a lie, as with the sole exception of the Labour party, and possibly Act, there is already a cross party consensus. Also, Labour needs a cross party consensus to ban anonymous donations, but doesn’t need one for a far bigger law change, involving silencing critics of the government by banning them from spending more than $60 000 in a whole year criticising the government. Also Helen Clark has already given the real reason- Labour needs anonymous donations to fund itself.

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Abortion supervisory comittee: How your MPs voted

July 20, 2007

I reported several weeks ago about the abortion supervisory comittee apointments. The Pro-life Times issue 30 has details of how MPs voted on this issue (shown below. The full details are published below. Labour block voted, showing that if you become a labour MP you don’t get to excercise your conscience on conscience votes, your leader tells you how to vote. National and NZ First were almost evenly split, with a slight majoraty against Fenwicke (the candidate proposed by Mark Burton, and member of the Family Planning Assosciation), suprisingly including Chris Finlayson, National’s only gay MP. The Maori party block voted (minus the absent Sharples) against Fenwicke, a pleasing sign, but it was disapointing National and NZ First had fewer conservative voting MPs than I expected. Also on the topic, despite over a month having passed since I emailed Mark Burton about his appointments no reply has come, despite Margaret Monks, his ministerial secretary promising a reply in 20 working days. I have resent the e-mail. It appears he needs a long time to spin himself out of the questions. (more…)

No suprises on Abortion Supervisory comittee members

June 15, 2007

Parliament has confirmed the three new members Burton proposed to the Abortion Supervisory Committee. It should come as no suprise these people were appointed not to uphold the law, but to give abortions to any woman who wants one, as a woman being denied a abortion would cause damage to her mental health. One of the new members, Rosemary Fenwicke, is a member of the NZ Family Planning Association, a pro-choice group. Hardly open-minded as the Mr Burton claims. She is also currently a certifying consultant, which causes a conflict of interests with her supervising herself. An ammendment to the motion was proposed by Gordon Copeland, to replace Mrs Fenwicke with  Dr Ate Moala, but this was rejected 81-36.
Also the number of abortions has just gone up by 400, with 17 930 preformed in New Zealand last year. It doesn’t look like things will change anytime soon.

Abortion supervisory comittee problems

June 13, 2007

The Abortion Supervisory Committee was established in 1977 to regulate the preformance of abortion in New Zealand. Since then it has become a rubber stamp allowing for abortions due to mental health grounds, as many as 18 000 a year suposedbly because the woman faces a “serious danger” to her mental health “not normally atendent upon childbirth” (section 187A of the 1977 Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act) . However the committee no longer has any members, thus leading to a situation by which abortions are preformed unsupervised which may be illegal. Mark Burton has placed an item on Parliaments order paper to put new people on to the committee. I won’t be suprised if they continue to have the comittee not operate under the law. What will be more interesting is if there will be any accountibility for what could be technically illegal abortions during the time all positions on the committee were vacant.

 I have e-mailed Justice Minister Mark Burton on this issue. it will be interesting to see his reply.

Burton to loose seat; Boundaries set to change

May 3, 2007

The representation commission has finally released its proposed electorate boundaries for the 2008 general election. They can be found at www.elections.org.nz and the topic is well covered at www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2007/05/proposed_2008_boundaries.html. I did a booth by booth analysis looking at how the changes would alter the 6 most marginal general electorates in the country. The method used was to add up the votes for the Labour and National candidates in the areas set to change. This has some flaws as people can move in or out of the area and people may not vote at the polling booth closest to where they live.  In Otaki Darren Hughes will have his tiny 382 vote majority cut to 316. This seat could go either way in 2008. In Rotorua Steve Chadwick will have her majority cut by 88 votes to only 574. The third most marginal electorate in the country, Tauranga, has no change to its boundaries. There is some good news for labour in Hamilton West, where Martin Gallagher gets his majority strengthened by 198 votes bringing it to 1 023 votes.The East Coast has substantial changes to its boundaries, the effect of which is to make it safe for National’s Anne Tolley increasing her majority by 1 808 to 3 097. One of the biggest changes comes in Taupo, where the inclusion of Cambridge in that electorate, with other boundary changes, turns Mark Burton’s 1 285 vote majority to turn into a 705 vote majority to National. In Banks Peninsula, Ruth Dyson gets her majority strengthened to 4 305 votes, making that electorate a safe Labour seat. Labour lost that electorate in 1996 and won it in 2005 by only 1  923 votes. Going into the Maori seats, Horomia’s majority in Ikaroa-Rawhiti will increase by 124 votes to 1 932, but Okeroa’s majority will decrease to 2 374.  The Maori party should be pleased that in the most marginal Maori electorate, Tainui, renamed Pare-Hauraki Pare-Waikato, Nania Mahuta’s majority is cut by 213 votes to 1 647.  The commision creates one new electorate in Auckland- Howick, which has a 7 975 National majority, but this comes at the expense of Williamson’s majority in Pakuranga halved to 4 061. The Clevedon electorate is divided inbetween a new Huanna electorate, consisting of the rural areas of Clevedon and some of the Port Waikato electorate (which has been abolished), and a new Papakura electorate. The new Papakura electorate has a slim 1 573 National majority.  There are also gains to National in West-Coast Tasman where Damien O’Connor has had his majority reduced by 538 votes to 1 616. Overall, politically it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the new boundaries favour National.