Tag: Sexual Orientation

John Key wrong again ­– the TPPA is an LGBTQI issue

Press Release – Green Party John Keys comment that the TPP is not a gay and lesbian issue shows the Prime Ministers ignorance when it comes to LGBTQI issues, the Green Party said today. The Prime Minister made the comment after people at Aucklands Big Gay Out … 16 February 2016 John Key wrong again ­– the TPPA is an LGBTQI issue John Key’s comment that the “TPP is not a gay and lesbian issue” shows the Prime Minister’s ignorance when it comes to LGBTQI issues, the Green Party said today. The Prime Minister made the comment after people at Auckland’s Big Gay Out on Sunday challenged the Government’s support for the TPPA, regardless of its negative impacts on all New Zealanders, including those from the LGBTQI community. “John Key is wrong – the TPPA is an LGBTQI issue, as it’s an issue for all New Zealanders,” said Green Party rainbow issues spokesperson Kevin Hague. “John Key has admitted that the TPPA will mean higher prices for medicines and reduced access to cutting-edge, top-of-the-line drugs. This will affect people living with HIV/AIDS and all other New Zealanders. “Those of us in the LGBTQI community also know how important it is to be empowered to control our own lives – the TPPA rankles with us because it takes away our country’s sovereignty and hands it over to foreign corporate interests....

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Post Cabinet Press Conference: Australia and Auckland

Article – Robert Kelly The Prime Minister began todays press conference by saying that Christchurch and its people were in his thoughts. He said that while the quakes on the 14th on February were clearly unsettling, residents can take comfort in how well Christchurch … Post Cabinet Press Conference: Australia and Auckland Robert Kelly The Prime Minister began today’s press conference by saying that Christchurch and its people were in his thoughts. He said that while the quakes on the 14th on February were clearly unsettling, “residents can take comfort” in how well Christchurch is being rebuilt. Key answered many questions about his upcoming talks with Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull. He stated that while the New Zealand offer to take 150 refugees from Australian camps within the 750 quota still stood, Australia had not yet said yes to that. Key said that he considered it the “sensible and compassionate thing to do” but that the ball was in Australia’s court. He said it was likely discussions would take place with Turnbull about the progress in Camp Taji in Iraq. Key said it is not his intention to send the New Zealand SAS into Iraq. On Auckland Housing the Prime Minister was reluctant to discuss specifics of the debate around intensification. He stressed that the Unitary Plan was the Auckland Council’s rather than the National Party’s. Key dodged a...

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Remarks at Global Chiefs of Mission Conference

Press Release – US Department Of State Good morning and welcome, everybody. Joe, thank you for entertaining everybody this morning. I will not challenge you as to when the last time was you were at high mass, but thats all right. (Laughter.)Remarks at Global Chiefs of Mission Conference Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC March 25, 2015 Good morning and welcome, everybody. Joe, thank you for entertaining everybody this morning. I will not challenge you as to when the last time was you were at high mass, but that’s all right. (Laughter.) Really happy to welcome all of our chiefs of mission here. Thank you all for traveling far, and thank you most importantly for the extraordinary way in which everyone is carrying out responsibilities – major responsibilities – in a very complicated world. And Joe, thank you for reminding me that there is pool press here because I didn’t know it. (Laughter.) So it’s good to know. John Kennedy had his first press conference as president right here in this room, and the next morning The New York Times said that this room was as warm as an execution chamber. So welcome home, folks. (Laughter.) The – I want to thank Pat Kennedy, who I see sitting over here. Pat, thanks so much. And Mr. Ambassador Macmanus, thank you for your tremendous leadership. And Gloria...

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Fair Play

Article – Alexander Lowe The Australian Football League (AFL) has cancelled a sponsorship deal between its affiliated league in Europe and Royal Brunei Airlines. AFL had earlier this year pledged to combat eliminate homophobia in sports so discovery of sponsorship with … Fair Play By Alexander Lowe 22 September 2014 The Australian Football League (AFL) has cancelled a sponsorship deal between its affiliated league in Europe and Royal Brunei Airlines. AFL had earlier this year pledged to combat eliminate homophobia in sports so discovery of sponsorship with the state-run airline of Brunei, country with anti-gay laws, became a major embarrassment. Sponsorship agreement to fly international players between Melbourne and London came amidst a worldwide boycott campaign against businesses owned by the Sultan of Brunei after he introduced harsh Sharia laws in his country condemned by the UN and range of countries including US and Australia. When fully implemented next year, new laws will impose penalties including flogging, the dismemberment of limbs and stoning to death for homosexuals and female adulterers. The new legislation caused an outrage among human rights organizations and a celebrity endorsed boycott of the Sultan’s owned hotels from the Dorcherster Collection chain, in particular the iconic Beverley Hills Hotel. The AFL released a statement that it was unaware of Brunei’s adoption of the laws which “are counter to everything the AFL stands for in regards to...

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PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference – 22 April 2013

Article – Anne Russell Today the Prime Minister announced that the government will make a supplementary disclosure to the Mighty River Power document. The impetus for it was the Labour- Greens NZ Power proposal, which has caused some uncertainties within the sharemarket, … PM: Mighty River Power| NZ Power| National’s Potential Coalition Partners PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference – 22 April 2013 Scoop Audio+Video+Photos By Anne Russell ******* [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcxVOkSz6mE&w=420&h=315] Today the Prime Minister announced that the government will make a supplementary disclosure to the Mighty River Power document. The impetus was the Labour- Greens NZ Power proposal, which had caused some uncertainties within the sharemarket, wiping $500m from the stock exchange. He compared a centrally-planned electricity system to a similar operation in South Korea, and claimed that it has been responsible for electricity price hikes and increased work hours. Key claimed that a competitive electricity market would bring down the rate of price increases, and that state bureaucracy was an inefficient method for controlling the electricity market. NZ Power would introduce regulatory uncertainty, he claimed, which would scare off investors. Key briefly mentioned the 2013 budget, and stated that the government was on track for a surplus in 2014-15. He also mentioned the return of 60 personnel from the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan, which marked the end of New Zealand’s involvement there. Thirty Afghan interpreters and their families...

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