Posts Tagged ‘Louisa Wall’

Visit of Premier of China – the cost of speaking up

Thursday, June 13th, 2024

In the coming days, the Premier of China will be visiting New Zealand and Australia. This is significant, although the role of the Premier—nominally number two in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) hierarchy—is not quite as important as some may think. Much of the power is now deeply centralised in President Xi Jinping. Don’t get Read more

Labour’s Louisa Wall criticises charities’ accountability

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Labour’s charity spokeswoman, Louisa Wall, and Christchurch charity expert Dr Michael Gousmett have criticised the lack of accountability of subsidised charitable organisations. Under the existing law charitable organisations are allowed tax relief, and receive subsidies with no public benefit test holding them to account. Gousmett says that while charities must make their financial accounts publicly Read more

NZ Catholic Bishops disappointed by recommendation on same gender marriage

Friday, March 1st, 2013

A Parliamentary Select Committee has recommended that a bill to legalise same gender marriage be passed into law. The Government Administration Committee said the private member’s bill should progress, but with an amendment to make it clear that no minister was obliged to marry someone against their own beliefs. New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops say they Read more

Christian compassion and gay marriage

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

The Marriage Amendment Bill aims to amend marriage legislation to ensure gay couples are not treated in “a discriminatory manner”. It has passed its first reading and is now open for submissions from the public. In our next piece in a series of opinions, Wairarapa man and future Labour political hopeful Kieran McAnulty says marriage Read more

Head to head: same-sex marriage

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Catholic priest Father Merv Duffy argues a change is wrong, dangerous, expensive and unnecessary while Presbyterian minister Margaret Mayman says it is equality that most New Zealanders, gay and straight, want. Father Merv Duffy: I oppose the proposed re-definition of marriage in Labour MP Louisa Wall’s bill before Parliament because it is wrong, dangerous, expensive and Read more

Website opposing Definition of Marriage Bill taken out by cyber attack

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

A website launched on Monday to oppose the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill has been taken down after what has been described as one of the “largest unprecedented” denial of service  attacks on a website in New Zealand. Family First, which launched the  Protect Marriage website, says after being alerted by media that the website was down, Read more