Friday, December 10, 2004

Tariana - scarier by the day

From About Town, Tariana Turia on the CUB -
The Relationships Bill will supposedly remove discrimination against same-sex and de facto couples in situations such as burial rights, hospital visitation rights, next-of-kin and medical decision.

I have always believed that these rights are the rights and responsibilities that come with whakapapa. They are not rights that should be legislated for, or in fact which the State has any role or responsibility in conferring on its citizens.
Blood worship. Pure and simple. One of the main reasons for having a State is to intervene in the affairs of families.

Ahmed Zaoui gets to see a bit of New Zealand before going back to Malaysia. Heard one of the Dominican Friars on the radio running down the SIS and sneering at the War on Terror. Talk of the "Lion laying down with the Lamb". If the Friar wants to try that with bin Laden, that's OK with me.

Zaoui has used up a considerable amount of resources that could have been better spent on refugees that have not jumped the queue. After all, Zaoui has basically said to every other refugee waiting to come to NZ "Fuck you, I'm more important".

Rating films on smoking? What next, 14 year olds banned from seeing movies with people driving? 17 year olds banned from movies which show alcohol consumption?

It's not quite marriage but Civil Union is progress. What's the equivalent of divorce in this case? Civil Disunion, or maybe even Uncivil Disunion.

2 Comments:

Blogger stephen said...

-- After all, Zaoui has basically said to every other refugee waiting to come to NZ "Fuck you, I'm more important".

What?! How? He applied for asylum. It is the nature of seeking asylum that you cannot wait for fear of imminent harm. Even now, he doesn't have asylum - he's just on bail, that's as far as he's got.

I see this as pure victim-blaming on your part.

OTOH, I agree with you about Turia and the film censorship, so 2 out of 3 ain't bad.

10 December 2004 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Genius said...

"It is the nature of seeking asylum that you cannot wait for fear of imminent harm."

It is also the nature of asylum that you probably cannot afford to hop from algeria to europe to malaysia and end up in New Zealand. And a country like malasia or better yet laos or indonesia should be a perfectly acceptable destination (and one where one can get forgotten easily) if one is REALLY being percecuted.

There are a million odd people in sudan I think you have a tough case explaining why none of them deserve a place further up the que than Zaoui at least once they have followed the appropriate proceedue for assesing risk and so forth.

10 December 2004 at 7:14 PM  

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