My 2013 Best Efforts from a Biased Participant

Tired of the conventional list of dubious political achievements? Join me in constructing your own from an openly biased rather than faux-neutral list of successes.

1, Big ups to Jan Logie and Lee Rhiannon (Aussie Green MP) for confronting the Sri Lankan Government on human rights the week before CHOGM in Sri Lanka!

2. Congratulations to the Maori Party and the  Government for finally passing the law that apologised comprehensively to the Mokomoko whanau for murdering their tupuna and destroying his reputation.

3. Many thanks to Hone and Hilda Harawira for attending the Mandela funeral and representing those of us who remember exactly where we stood in 1981

4. Accolades to Denise Roche and the Greens, Brendan Horan and Labour MPs who stayed up with the Parliamentary night cleaners to highlight their shameful low wages (thanks to the cleaners for putting up with us)

5. Much respect to all MPs who dared to mention the importance of the environment and climate change in the House in 2013; the list of names is far too short!

6. Total admiration to Mojo Mathers for pioneering accessibility for Deaf MPs and championing animal welfare in Parliament; just one of those tasks deserves a medal

7. Tautoko Metiria Turei for her powerful TEDx talk on children, their agency and visions

8. Thank you to the cross-party MP team who worked with Louisa Wall to get marriage equality – especially Kevin Hague and Tau Henare

9. Thanks to the Speaker for refusing permission for Benny Wenda from West Papua to speak in Parliament and helping me to highlight the campaign for West Papuan human rights and self determination

10. Well done Russel Norman for suggesting we build a coalition for a referendum on asset sales and leading this campaign from the front!

4 thoughts on “My 2013 Best Efforts from a Biased Participant

  1. Congratulations to the Greens for mentioning the elephant in the room…the financial systems failure and the undemocratic institutions and methodology’s being used to usurp it and democracy.

    They aren’t the elephants in the room; those things are mentioned with regular monotony, and discussed by all and sundry.

    There are elephants in the room, and these elephants are going to be our undoing, but the Green Party are willing to leave them alone, just like every other party.

  2. Well, that’s depressing. Only two out of ten are about achievements, the rest amount to “Good on somebody for speaking out”. Yes, good on them for speaking out, but this list is a clear sign that we aren’t getting anywhere.

  3. Fantastic reflection of fundamentally important human rights issues! Some great mahi gone on this year, well done :)

  4. Congratulations to the Greens for mentioning the elephant in the room…the financial systems failure and the undemocratic institutions and methodology’s being used to usurp it and democracy. The bravest move of the year in my mind… keep it up. John Key says we can’t afford to feed the kids but is prepared to send 3 billion taxpayer dollars to the failed and corrupt IMF…outrageous.

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