The Kiwi Party has made itself known as a “Judeo-Christian Values Party” – although upon a cursory glance of their website I couldn’t find any reference to this. The party’s leader is ex-United Future List MP, Larry Baldock. He is backed up with fellow ex-United Future List MP, Gordon Copeland now serving as Party President, and More FM Radio celebrity, Simon Barnett. The party is strongly pro-life, and I have huge respect for their opposition to abortion. The Kiwi Party has just recently adopted Gordon Copeland’s “Abortion (Informed Consent) Amendment” bill.
I am absolutely in favour of what this bill seeks to achieve. It seeks to take an incremental step forward through the provision of information through counselling before the mother makes a final request to be considered for an abortion in accordance with the current Abortion Law. Below is a diagram of the change the amendment would make.
It’s a great bill, and you can read an excellent short summary of it here. However, it is not going to go anywhere. In another document entitled “Abortion Law Reform in New Zealand; a Political Strategy“, the Kiwi Party outlines its strategy for reforming New Zealand’s abortion law for the better by passing the informed consent bill. Coincidentally, the strategy involves getting the Kiwi Party into Parliament. However neither the Kiwi Party, nor any of its candidates will ever enter Parliament again. This is because they are incompetent and unprofessional.
Baldock’s referendum to repeal Section 59 of the Crimes Act (subsequently adopted by the Kiwi Party) was a thinly veiled bid to build the platform necessary to get Larry Baldock back into Parliament in 2008 with the newly formed Kiwi Party. It failed in this objective. Baldock’s 2011 Election Bid was to run a referendum seeking to amend New Zealand’s law on referendums so that they would be binding. The question read: “Should Parliament be required to pass legislation that implements the majority result of a citizens initiated referendum where that result supports a law change?” Confusing, huh. Anyway, this referendum also failed in building a strong platform to get Baldock back into Parliament. Last I heard it was 280,000 signatures short of completion, and with only a few months remaining. So what new strategy from the desk of the Kiwi Party? A policy to make a significant improvement in New Zealand’s abortion law.
Let’s be clear. The law would not restrict any abortions. However through the improved system of counseling, it is highly likely that the number of abortions in New Zealand would drop significantly. (over 10% I think).
Earlier this year I wrote Kiwi Party File 1: The Logic of the Campaign for Democracy and Kiwi Party File 2: Can They Be Trusted?, outlining a critical lack of wisdom and integrity in the Kiwi Party. One of the party’s key policies embodies the Socialist ideal of wealth-redistribution through an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour. There are also major issues with the party’s Law and Order policy which I have written about here.
In their political strategy document, they write:
Therefore progress can not be made unless the Kiwi Party or some other Party which is prepared to commit to this issue, is elected to Parliament. The Kiwi Party already has a high recognition factor in New Zealand with an independent poll indicating that 8.7% of voters would “likely” vote for the party if they were confident that it could achieve either 5% of the party vote or one electorate seat, thus ensuring its presence in the next parliament.
This 8.7% figure, obtained through “independent polling” is old news. The Kiwi Party used it at the last election… and I have no idea who the independent pollsters were, but they didn’t quite get it right did they… In the 2005 election Baldock received 3.67% of the vote in his electorate of Tauranga. However you have to get roughly over 40% to win in this electorate. In 2008 he received 5.11% of the vote. That election, the Kiwi Party received 0.54% of the party vote, even with their platform, repealing the Anti-Smacking Law being one of the key election issues. How well are they going to do at the 2011 election where neither abortion nor smacking will be key election issues?
I will be writing more shortly about The Kiwi Party; why they should not run at the next election, and why you shouldn’t waste your vote on them.