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Monday 09 April 2012

Candidate Q&A: Jordan Carter

Posted in: Features
By - 10th November 2011

There are plenty of out candidates running in the General Election this month and we are profiling some you may not know well yet with a Q&A session that will allow you to get to know them a little better. Here is the Labour Party's Jordan Carter, who is ranked 40th on the party's list.

What have you done as a career outside Parliament?
I worked in Internet policy for five years at a non-profit in Wellington called InternetNZ.

What made you want to get into politics?
The chance to work on the big problems that are blocking New Zealand from being a fairer, richer and more equal society.

Why did you choose your party?
I joined Labour at university because Labour shares my belief in equality, and because they've always been the party that has run the economy best.

Who are some of your heroes?
Of all the people with a big public profile, the one I admire the most is Nelson Mandela, for his simple dignity and strength in standing up to monstrous oppression, and doing so without losing his commitment to making the world better for everyone.

When did you come out? Who did you first tell?
I first came out at university to friends.

What do you think are the biggest issues for glbti New Zealanders right now?
It's all about dignity or respect: the chance for us to live our lives without facing legal inequality, and with the government, business and civil society working in a deliberate way to make sure we are fully included as citizens equal to everyone else.

What will you do, if elected, to change these situations?
The big challenge is still campaigning, in public, to change the cultural acceptance that we are not equal, that we don't belong. Massive strides have been made but more has to be done. I'd be part of a Labour party committed to the legal equality agenda, and that is also focused on dignity for all of us.

Are you single or do you have a partner?
I'm currently single.

What will you be doing on election night?
Joining the Wellington Labour team for the region-wide party!

How can people contact you if they want to chat about issues they are concerned about?
Contact is easiest by facebook ( or by twitter (, or just by email: - 10th November 2011

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