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"Child rights" used by women to reject marriage equality

Posted by Philip on 13 April 2013, 4:26 pm in , , ,

I'm cheerily watching the newly resurrected Back Benches on iSky — Wallace, Damien, I missed you guys — and I'm staggered that the two women on the panel — Tracey Martin, NZ First and Louise Upston, National — are opposed to marriage equality. The two blokes — Trevor Mallard, Labour and Peter Dunne, United Future — are fine with it.

What the?

Martin holds fast to her party line that the issue should go to referendum. But Upston wades into a quagmire of discrimination, implying that marriage equality somehow breaches the rights of children because it will change adoption laws.

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Prosser is a tosser

Posted by Philip on 13 February 2013, 8:10 am in , , , ,

NZ First MP Richard Prosser's tirade against Muslims yesterday is yet another sad indictment on the quality of politics and the character of all politicians in this country. If I was an MP I'd feel deeply embarrassed about a colleague once again representing me in that way.

And it's a bit rich hearing John Key admonish him after his recent 'gay red shirt' episode. 

I think it's about time our parliamentary representatives had a long hard look at themselves and grew up. I'm sick of the arrogant, bully-boy-and-girl antics that go on, both in- and outside the chamber.

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I'm not sure about gay red shirts

Posted by Philip on 14 November 2012, 4:46 pm in , , , ,

Today someone told me about Gay Red Shirt Day - it was last Friday 9 November and there's even a page on Facebook. It totally missed my radar and I'm not sure whether to click "Like" or not.

It all grew out of NZ PM John Key's statement on radio that the host's "red shirt looked gay". Gay Red Shirt Day was timed to coincide with Key's birthday.

So here's the thing: I've never found the so-called derogatory use of the word "gay" offensive. I've been known to say things are "gay" myself. 

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Total disrespect of State tenants, even from Labour!

Posted by Philip on 1 October 2012, 12:50 pm in , , , ,

"Labour's housing spokeswoman, Annette King, said [high value Housing NZ] homes should be sold." reported The Herald on Friday.

She continued, "A place that's worth $1.3 million could provide three houses. I have no problem with state house tenants being rehoused into another house, a suitable house, if it's going to enable more families to be housed."

I never thought I'd hear a Labour politician put money above the respect and dignity of a Housing NZ tenant. But, it seems, even the left now can't see past dollar signs to recognise that a house – even one owned by the Government – is more than just a house.

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Talking Individualised Funding on Radio New Zealand

Posted by Philip on 6 August 2012, 3:56 pm in , , ,

I spoke recently to Carol Stiles, from Radio New Zealand's One In Five programme, for her episode on Individualised Funding.

You can listen on the player below or visit the programme's page on Radio New Zealand's website.

From 00:13:44, I talk about the difference between employment systems and relationships, as well as the need for constructive, rather than punitive, auditing.

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Individualised Funding: Systems Not Services; People Not Process

Posted by Philip on 29 June 2012, 6:30 pm in , , , , ,

I presented this workshop: "Individualised Funding:  Systems Not Services; People Not Process", at Imagine Better's Individualised Funding conference this week.

More reflections to come.

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Health minister fudges family figures

Posted by Philip on 13 June 2012, 4:34 pm in , , ,

Hon Tony Ryall, speaking on Radio New Zealand this morning, clearly omitted to tell the other side of the fiscal impact of the government's decision not to appeal the Court of Appeal decision in the Ministry of Health v Atkinson & Others Family Carers case.

Ryall said the cost of paying families will rise as more family members opt to be supported by their relatives. However if, as he said, these people were assessed as eligible for funding, the money would need to be allocated anyway. What he didn't say was that the money would either go to a non-family member or a residential home instead.

He also didn't say that, if a person eligible for funded support chose to leave a residential home in favour of family support, the money would go from the residential home to the family. Nor did he mention that it is ministry of health policy to encourage community over residential living and that, over time, the fiscal implications of losing the critical mass of demand for residential homes will save significant amounts spent on the administration of such homes.

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Speaking of backing down...

Posted by Philip on 7 June 2012, 8:02 pm in , , ,

The Government has backed down on its ridiculous decision over education after 13 days. It might see fit to do the same about its equally stupid decision to continually appeal against its discrimination against family supporters of people experiencing disability, which it has been doing for nearly three years.

Perhaps Minister Ryall could have a cup of tea with Minister Parata. She could tell him it's ok to get it wrong.

No tape recorders please.

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Education Minister gets it wrong about performance pay for teachers

Posted by Philip on 17 May 2012, 8:30 am in , ,

Hekia Parata obviously hasn't read Freakonomics.

The education minister's decision to "introduce performance pay for teachers" has been proven in the US to cause corruption in teachers' marking habits.

In their book subtitled "the hidden side of everything," economist Steven D. Levitt and writer Stephen J. Dubner discuss a study that showed that increases in student achievement correlated to teachers deliberately fudging test marks. Like the NZ proposal, teacher pay was directly linked to higher student grades.

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Five young white men

Posted by Philip on 12 April 2012, 6:18 am in , ,

It was sobering to watch the 'Young Wing' special of TVNZ7's political chat show Backbenches last night. A line-up of young, white, middle-class men (one of whom was possibly queer, but who can tell and what difference does it make these days?) represented the future of the National, Labour, Greens, Act and NZ First parties.

Host Wallace Chapmen predicted one would be Prime Minister in 20 years. Co-host Damien Christie likened them to a boy band.

It's hard not to fall back on the categorisation and representation perspective of diversity and ask, what's changed? I'm sure that each of them had unique ideas about how the country could be organised and led in the future.

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