Sunday, April 10, 2005

NoRightTurn political survey

No Right Turn 2005 election candidate survey


Well I am not a candidate but I will answer it anyway in the spirit of my comments about blunt honesty being good for society

Do you support or oppose:

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

Yes, they should be legal in pill form or something similar - don’t just give it in joint form - that will be hard to control and cause lung damage.

...decriminalizing marijuana for recreational use?

I'd like to have a close look at the costs and benefits - If it was legal it would be likely to face a steep tax.

...raising the drinking age?

Yes but it would go up slowly - I don’t want to make current drinkers unable to drink suddenly. I might put other regulations on alcohol also.

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

No problem if they can offer a better home than the next heterosexual couple.

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

Civil unions are ok I think.

...voluntary euthanasia or physician assisted suicide?

In general if you can’t kill yourself using the available methods you’re not ready to die. However if your going to withdraw medical support / food (like in the case in the USA) a quick direct death is better than a slow starvation one. This can be a consensus of doctor’s decision.

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

We shouldn’t have laws we don’t plan on using. So that gives us two options.

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

We shouldn’t have laws we don’t plan on using. So that gives us two options.

...further restrictions on hate speech?


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


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

I dont se why gender identity should have a higher status than lest say 'social affiliation. so While I am not too upset about such a law ideally it would be done by protecting individuals against anyform of discrimination that does not relate to performance. Impractical? well if that is the case then the next best option is to protect individuals rights if they apear likely to be unfairly discriminated against and there should be some attempt to do so systematically as opposed to on an issue by issue basis.

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

Opposed - sounds like another attempt to bind hte hands of government - although I do support the idea of compensating people for confiscation.

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

No - if we did that it would need to be changed a bit.

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



How do you think the government should have handled the Ahmed Zaoui case?

Send him away immediately - no detention, no processing. In his place an additional person from a needy country like Sudan should have been allowed into New Zealand. Fly over there and offer a couple of them citizenship I bet they would be very grateful.


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