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Abort Roger Douglas? ‘No, surely you mean euthanase him’

Oct 19th, 2008 | By | Category: Featured Article, Features

By Carl Suurmond

ABORTION, Law and order, and the “anti-smacking” law dominated an election meeting in the Rimutaka electorate in Upper Hutt this week (pictured).

The sometimes heated debate was instigated by thought-provoking questions…and comments, such as the interjector who interrupted a discussion on abortion law to suggest Act’s Roger Douglas should be aborted.

Another candidate retorted that such a ridiculous interjection could not go unchallenged – surely abortion was being confused with euthanasia.

From a stage full of “candidates”, only one, NZ First’s Ron Mark, is actually standing in the electorate, traditionally a Labour stronghold.

On stage were the Green’s Sue Bradford, Ron Mark, Act’s David Garrett, United Future’s Judy Turner, National’s Chris Finlayson and Labour’s Darren Hughes.

As the candidates came into the church hall, a couple of audience members among the 100 or so who attended had a loud discussion about Ms Bradford: “Look, she’s had a makeover” said one. “Yes. She parts her hair down the middle now.”

The evening’s hosts, the Maxim Institute (a right-wing think tank and lobby group) opened with an amusing MMP power-point display parodying TV3’s John Campbell show.
   
NZ First’s Ron Mark defended leader Winston Peter’s donation allegations at the outset of the debate, saying he would have liked his party to go all the way to court on the issue.

Questions from the audience covered abortion, crime and punishment, prostitution, parole, the Electoral Finance Act, carbon emissions, Kiwi Saver, superannuation, education and the global economy.

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