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Why should we vote for you?

Posted in: Features
By Jacqui Stanford - 25th November 2011

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Pretty simple question really, and one which we gave all the out candidates a chance to answer ahead of tomorrow's election. Here are the replies we received, in alphabetical order.


Kelly Buchanan – Alliance, Wellington Central
Why should glbti people in your electorate vote for you?
Well Grant Robertson is guaranteed a seat via the list anyway, so who you vote for in Wellington Central isn't going to make a direct difference to the next parliament. Why not support another left-wing queer candidate? And it's a good way to indicate support for Alliance policies if you're not willing to risk your party vote on a party that's unlikely to reach the undemocratic 5% threshold.
Why should glbti people vote for your party?
The Alliance is extremely queer-friendly (I'm pretty sure we were the first to officially support same-sex marriage), and we've got a whole raft of fantastic policies that would make a real difference. Labour tends not to do anywhere near enough to counter National's right wing agenda, and on too many issues the big two are interchangeable (eg support for free trade, US imperialism), while the Greens can focus excessively on environmental issues at the expense of social justice and have a tendency to be a bit too capitalism-friendly. And if your political preferences are more centrist, having the Alliance around makes Labour look more moderate in comparison - much like National can be seen as "not as bad as ACT".


Jordan Carter – Labour, List
Why should glbti people vote for your party?
GLBTI people should vote Labour because our track record shows we deliver equality and respect for our communities -- and that's what we'll do again in government.


Charles Chauvel - Labour, Ohariu
Why should glbti people in your electorate vote for you?

I'm standing against Peter Dunne, who's been an MP for 27 years, brought a bunch of fundamentalists into Parliament with him in 2002 and voted against civil unions in 2005. I offer all voters in Ohariu, including LGBTI voters, proven competence, fresh energy, and firm principles, rather than the tired old opportunism of my opponent.
Why should glbti people vote for your party?
Labour has been delivering the opportunity for equality and dignity to LGBTI voters since homosexual law reform in 1986. Our record, and our policies going into this election, show that we are prepared to do the right thing, even when it isn't always the popular thing.


Rachel Goldsmith – Greens, Clutha-Southland
Why should glbti people in your electorate vote for you?
I'm openly bisexual and I know how tough being GLBTI in NZ is - my brother is gay, my best friend transgender, another friend intersex, other lesbian & gay friends – it's hard, and voting for me is a vote for someone who understands.
Why should glbti people vote for your party?
We are the only NZ political party whose MPs have always voted for all legislation furthering the rights of GLBTI people and we will continue to do so.


Kevin Hague – Greens, West Coast-Tasman
Why should glbti people in your electorate vote for you?
I’m not asking for the electorate vote in fact (no Green candidate is), but I may well get some – the Labour candidate is Damien O’Connor and the National candidate Chris Auchinvole (enough said?)
Why should glbti people vote for your party?
We want LGBTI people to Party Vote Green because we have the best track record and policy, we guarantee that all our MPs will vote for LGBTI issues, and because we have shown an ability to achieve things on LGBTI issues, despite being in Opposition.


Damian Light – UnitedFuture, North Shore
Why should glbti people in your electorate vote for you?
I'm not campaigning for the electorate vote although I’m always honoured that some people do give me their support. People need to choose someone that will represent them in Parliament, someone they trust who has a local focus.
Why should glbti people vote for your party?
UnitedFuture has a balanced approach to policy – for example our Income Sharing will see two parent families (be they married, in a civil union, gay, straight or otherwise) able to combine their income for tax purposes. UnitedFuture also wants to rename and refocus the Ministry of Women’s Affairs to the Ministry of Gender Affairs recognising that gender equality is an issue that affects us all.

Jan Logie – Greens, Mana
Why should glbti people in your electorate vote for you?
A party vote for the Greens will help me get into parliament so I can add to the strength of the rainbow caucus and promote our wonderful green party policies: http://www.greens.org.nz/.
Why should glbti people vote for your party?
The more Green MPs, the more guaranteed votes for equality, justice and a compassionate green economy.


Guy McCallum – ACT, Dunedin North
Why should glbti people in your electorate vote for you?
Concepts of liberty and justice have been the friends of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender/sexual and Intersex individuals/couples for a long, long time. Equally applied, that is. ACT believes that a government small enough to fit in the bedroom is actually too large, but a government small enough that it can't help the most vulnerable is too small. Labour have their own vested interests which drowns out GLBTI issues and National, as an entire party, hasn't quite caught up with social liberalism yet. The Greens and ACT are the best choices for GLBTI in New Zealand and in my electorate (Dunedin North). Choose wisely though.
Why should glbti people vote for your party?
Same as above!


Grant Robertson – Labour, Wellington Central
Why should glbti people in your electorate vote for you?

Because I want to continue to be an advocate for all Wellington Central residents, no matter what their background, and because I will focus on issues that matter for our city such as affordable housing, health services and public transport.
Why should glbti people vote for your party?
Labour has a plan that will give a fair go for all New Zealanders where we all have a stake in our economic and social future. We have a record of delivering on equality for GLBTI communities through legislation such as Homosexual Law Reform, Civil Unions and Property relationship laws. We will continue with that agenda of equality.


Grant Seton – Independent, Rangitikei
Why should glbti people in your electorate vote for you?
Because I can identify with your plights, and aim to remedy those plights. If the Govt would only follow its own laws and be reasonable, things could get better.


Maryan Street – Labour, Nelson
Why should glbti people in your electorate vote for you?
Because I am an out lesbian, and there are not many of us amongst political candidates of any hue, and because I have worked hard in Nelson in recent years to establish Q-Youth, a queer-straight alliance in local high schools which aims to create safe spaces and communities for young people who are questioning their sexual and gender identity to grow up in, free from bullying and discrimination.
Why should glbti people vote for your party?
Because Labour has a longstanding and proven track record in supporting and promoting the rights of the GLBTI communities and we want to address the two remaining areas of legal discrimination: gay marriage and adoption.

Louisa Wall – Labour, Manurewa
Why should glbti people in your electorate vote for you and for your party -
My goal is for all eligible Manurewa voters to be enrolled to vote so all people can have their say. Once they are enrolled my job is to motivate all people including our Rainbow whanau to vote for my NZ Labour Party and for me by ensuring I adequately articulate what my party believes in and why our policies best meet the needs of New Zealanders. NZLP is committed to both equality of 'outcome' where the government has to actively prioritise communities in need of support to reduce inequalities and equality under the law, to address issues of social justice which for our GLBTI community means the right of same sex couples to both marry and to adopt and for our discrimination laws to include as a ground gender identity. I am proud to be a member of our Rainbow community - and my goal is that our identities are seen as a normal part of a healthy and vibrant society.


Editor's note: GayNZ.com also approached National MP Christopher Finlayson and Mangere candidate Claudette Hauiti with these questions, but has not had any response.


Jacqui Stanford - 25th November 2011

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