Posts by Craig Young

  • Hard News: Genter's Bill: Starting at…,

    We need to get out there and make this an election issue.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Genter's Bill: Starting at…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    A regular wahine toa, that one! And much loved within the disability rights movement.

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  • Hard News: Genter's Bill: Starting at…,

    Russell, you may want to get in touch with disability rights campaigner Dr Huhana Hickey on this issue, as she is a strong and articulate supporter of medicinal cannabis as a palliative and analgesic care option in this context.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Stop acting like the law is…,

    That said, I am in favour of a streamlined and rationalised Misuse of Drugs Act 1981 which would eliminate 'Class C' altogether and focus attention on Classes A and B. P/crystal meth is a far greater problem in terms of magnitude and scale of its effects than pot can ever be.

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  • Hard News: Stop acting like the law is…,

    And to be frank, sometimes these things have to happen in an incremental manner. Surely the important thing is to have medicinal cannabis derivatives decriminalised first and then worry about recreational cannabis later? That appears to be what happened in the United States.

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  • Legal Beagle: Voting in an STV election,

    It's interesting that STV is still used in so few local body elections, and only where strong centres of MMP electoral reform acivism were before 1993. As others have noted, one drawback is the perceived logistical challenge of calculating the flow of preferences and the end result. Is another the lack of substantive civil authority that New Zealand local government actually has, apart from the Auckland Council? After all, we are a fairly centralised nation, especially compared to Australia.

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  • Legal Beagle: Voting in an STV election,

    Graeme, does the supercity enabling legislation still block Auckland from adopting an STV electoral system if it so desired?

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  • Hard News: Obama's Mana, in reply to Joe Boden,

    That was largely due to the utter stupidity of Ralph Nader, standing as a spoiler presidential candidate which split the left vote and insured that George W.Bush presided over his reign of error for the next eight years. The US Greens deserve to suffer for that, sorry.

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  • Polity: Australian election: Dust and Diesel,

    The article I wrote for Gaynz.Com was entitled STV versus MMP, and it canvassed the merits and defects of the two most proportional forms of electoral representation, as well as noting where they're used in Australia and New Zealand.

    As you may have guessed already, I was actually one of those mavericks who voted for STV in the 1992 electoral reform referendum. I think STV voters were disenfranchised by the 1993 referendum, given that STV came second in 1992. However, I then voted for MMP in 1993. I also worked for the local Campaign for MMP in 2011.

    LGBT voters are concerned about the possibility of religious social conservatives and other extremists getting into Parliament on the basis of
    (a) mere demographic concentration (STV, South Australia and New South Wales, the Australian Senate and NSW Legislative Council, Family First Party and Fred Nile's Christian Democratic Party);
    (b) getting over five percent under MMP's party list only representation rules under our Election Act 1993 (United Future, 2002-2005).
    (c) MMP's sub-threshold party list top-up if a party has a bolthole constituency seat (United Future, 2005-2008: New Zealand First, 1999-2002)

    I oppose any reduction of the five percent threshold on the basis that it might let such extremist elements into our Parliament. For example, I found the Conservative Party's anti-Treaty stance and climate change denialism as reprehensible as their concealment of their stealth fundamentalist identity and political agenda. I can't stand Winston either, but happily, he's getting older.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Australian election: Dust and Diesel,

    Was that Midnight Oil reference deliberate, Rob? :)

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