Friday, October 17, 2008

Greens in Hot Water over Family Size Comments

From the New Zealand Herald...
The Green Party was last night forced to defend itself against claims that its new population policy is a move towards China's "One Child" regime.
The policy proposes setting a level of population New Zealand could sustain and leaving room within that for climate change refugees from Pacific Islands.
It also wants parents educated about the impacts of population growth when they are planning their family size and how far apart to have children.
National, Act and the Maori Party described it as a step towards population control measures similar to China's One Child policy.
Last night, the party released a statement by senior MP Keith Locke saying its policy had been misinterpreted.

Of course he would say that.  And now here's some comments from the other parties...

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia said it was a case of "middle-class" Greens trying to tell others how big their families should be.
"Tell them to go to China where there is a One Child policy. But don't start trying to control fertility and social engineering like that here."
Tariana Turia said it flew in the face of the Greens' immigration policy to boost refugee numbers from 750 to 1000 a year.
"They want to increase numbers of people coming in from the outside but they're trying to stop people in this country from having the family size they want. Well, it's none of their business."
National's Judith Collins said it amounted to a "guilt trip" to discourage people from having several children.
"We don't want to have that extension of nanny state into people's homes. If they are going to make parents of three, four or five children feel guilty, that's disgraceful."
Act leader Rodney Hide said it was a first step toward zero-population growth. He suggested that perhaps if parents planted a field of trees, they might be able to have twins.

It's encouraging to see the Maori Party lashing out with conviction against Nanny State legislation.  Good on them.

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