Posts by Jan Logie

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    Images of women and mother blaming - by Jan Logie

    There have been a few stories in the media about New Zealand women and obesity and body image, some referenced in this editorial from the Herald on Sunday. This article blames mothers for teaching girls to put on lip gloss. I think there is a wider context to the issue and I don’t think alternative […] read more
    April 15, 2014 10:00 am - 2 Comments
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    Growing inequality - by Jan Logie

    The gap between rich and poor is growing in New Zealand and so too are other sorts of inequality. Today the University of Canterbury put out a media release raising concerns about the decline in the number of women on NZX Top 100 boards. In 2012, 14.9 percent of those positions were filled by women […] read more
    April 14, 2014 2:36 pm - 3 Comments
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    The arbitrary detention of refugees, asylum seekers and irregular migrants in NZ - by Jan Logie

    These are the comments made by the visiting United Nations Working Group On Arbitrary Detention relating to the detention of refugees, asylum seekers and irregular migrants.  As I haven’t heard much coverage of this issue I am just going to relay them without editing: “New Zealand was one of the first States to accede to […] read more
    April 8, 2014 9:47 pm - No Comments
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    Solomon Islands flash floods - by Jan Logie

    The latest reports after the flash floods in the Solomon Islands are that 21 people have died and an estimated 12,000 people are in an evacuation centre and another 40,000 homeless on top of this. We know the Pacific region is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters with its mix of low lying atolls, and mountainous […] read more
    April 7, 2014 4:13 pm - No Comments
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    Domestic violence solutions - by Jan Logie

    You may have seen the launch of my new Member’s Bill in the media this week. I am really excited about this one as it would make a huge difference in the lives of victims of domestic violence by making sure they are protected while at work. Protected from their abuser, protected from losing their […] read more
    April 2, 2014 4:38 pm - 1 Comment
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    Will victims of sexual violence get justice? - by Jan Logie

    After our frustrations with not being able to get a straight answer on what progress the Minister is taking on changing the justice system to help victims of sexual violence, I asked Judith Collins through parliamentary questions for her response to each of the Law Commission’s recommendations. Her responses are set out in the table […] read more
    March 28, 2014 1:55 pm - No Comments
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    All New Zealanders deserve to live in dignity – stories from the frontline of Work and Income - by Jan Logie

    Over the last week or so several very brave people have shared their experiences online of the challenges they are experiencing dealing with Work and Income. It is important to acknowledge how brave it is to share these experiences when the government has continued to characterise people requiring income support as work shy, drug taking, […] read more
    March 20, 2014 3:55 pm - 9 Comments
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    New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the UNHRC - by Jan Logie

    Last year, the Commonwealth failed to hold the Sri Lanka Government to account for its role in alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity, even in the face of what could be considered brazen flouting of the principles of human rights right up to and indeed during the meeting. Last year, despite the Sri Lankan […] read more
    March 20, 2014 3:41 pm - 2 Comments
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    Looking after our recent migrants - by Jan Logie

    No, I’m not talking about overriding citizenship guidelines in return for political donations. A quarter of the New Zealand workforce was born overseas. NZ has one of the highest per capita inflows of permanent migrants in the OECD and one of the highest outflows of citizens. The last figures available showed the net fiscal contribution […] read more
    March 13, 2014 6:09 pm - 1 Comment
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    Happy Women’s Day from the National Government - by Jan Logie

    Today is International Working Women’s Day. Along with all my colleagues I’m working hard and advocating as strongly as I can for equal pay, a society that does not support violence against women and children, and a society where all of us can participate fully. I don’t think equality and safety are too much to […] read more
    March 7, 2014 3:01 pm - No Comments
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    Immigration, climate change and the Pacific - by Jan Logie

    Immigration New Zealand is planning to deport a Tongan woman with a heart condition back to Tonga. She is from the island of Ha’apai, recently devastated by a cyclone and yet to recover. Her husband has already been deported and is subsisting on the ravaged island. Labour’s Su’a William Sio has picked up the Tongan […] read more
    February 26, 2014 3:33 pm - 14 Comments
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    Protection for migrant workers – bad legislation to address a real problem - by Jan Logie

    Today we heard submissions on the Immigration Amendment Bill. The primary purpose and the flagship of this bill is making the exploitation of migrants on a temporary entry visa with work conditions an offence and making the employer liable for deportation. Previously, these sections covered only unlawful workers. It will enable employers who exploit workers […] read more
    February 20, 2014 5:48 pm - No Comments
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    The Land of Plenty? - by Jan Logie

    New Zealand has long been known as the Land of Plenty, and with good reason – the land and the sea provided many people with an abundant healthy diet; we were the first country in the world to achieve an 8 hour working day and we were considered the ‘social laboratory of the world’ with […] read more
    February 19, 2014 4:32 pm - 52 Comments
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    NZ and refugees – Syria and Australia - by Jan Logie

    Syria Today the government announced they will be accepting 100 Syrian refugees over 2 years out of the existing 750 pa quota plus or minus 10%. This is good news. New Zealand was standing out as the only anglo speaking country not to offer refuge to Syrian refugees. In September the UNHCR announced NZ would […] read more
    February 5, 2014 12:48 pm - 2 Comments
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    155 human rights recommendations for NZ – how did this happen? - by Jan Logie

    Last week the United Nations Human Rights Council reviewed New Zealand’s progress on human rights, in what’s called the Universal Periodic Review. This was our second assessment. The first was in 2009, and back then, 64 recommendations were made on things we could do better. This time 155 recommendations were made.  This does not bode […] read more
    February 4, 2014 10:26 am - 5 Comments
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    Political decisions and domestic violence - by Jan Logie

    The 2014 election offers New Zealanders the opportunity to make history by electing the first strong green genuinely progressive government in more than a generation. The next wave of progressive change that is sweeping the world is green. The green revolution is transforming the way we live on planet earth as we learn to live […] read more
    February 3, 2014 11:15 am - 1 Comment
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    Keeping the pressure on Russia - by Jan Logie

    I found it surprisingly emotional when I read out a motion yesterday in Parliament expressing support for our athletes heading to Sochi and especially the gay and lesbian community in Russia. It makes me very proud that all parties in our Parliament backed this message of support for a community that has been taking hit […] read more
    January 31, 2014 11:10 am - 1 Comment
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    New Zealand’s Human Rights Record under the microscope - by Jan Logie

    New Zealand’s Human Rights Record is being reviewed tonight by the United Nations Human Rights Council. NGOs and the Human Rights Commission and UNHCR have made 248 recommendations on a wide range of topics. Some of the areas of most concern have been the weakness of our current human rights framework, the undermining of employment […] read more
    January 27, 2014 5:28 pm - 3 Comments
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    Domestic violence and protection orders – updated. - by Jan Logie

    At the end of last year I spoke at a rally in remembrance of two migrant women who were murdered in Wellington while having protection orders in place. While standing in front of the crowd I was recalling all the similar rallies I had been to over the years remembering all the women and children […] read more
    January 17, 2014 2:32 pm - 6 Comments
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    Support for Convention Refugees - by Jan Logie

    Yesterday Changemakers Refugee Forum released a report highlighting the denial of support to convention refugees. I am stoked they’ve done this. They’ve explained the issue in a way that is so easy to understand and makes the injustice and nonsense of it so clear. Almost all refugees start out as asylum seekers, but some find […] read more
    December 11, 2013 4:11 pm - 1 Comment
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    Child poverty and the government response - by Jan Logie

    In October Child Poverty Action released a report ‘Benefit sanctions: Creating an invisible underclass of children?’ which found government policy “… effectively creates a class of economically vulnerable, invisible and unequal children whose wellbeing is intimately tied to the welfare/labour market status of their caregivers. This necessarily means some children will not have the same […] read more
    December 9, 2013 4:23 pm - 14 Comments
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    Rights and their role in shaping our country - by Jan Logie

    This week the constitutional advisory panel reported back to government. Based on really extensive consultations they’ve made some great recommendations for government action. The recommendation I’m most excited is adding economic, social and cultural rights, and environmental right to the Bill of Rights Act. Well done Amnesty for getting the economic social and cultural rights […] read more
    December 6, 2013 5:08 pm - 2 Comments
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    The gender pay gap – an update - by Jan Logie

    The latest census has given us an update on the state of the gender pay gap. Since the last census men’s median income only increased by 15.9 percent and women’s median income while increased 20.9 percent. That might make you think things were improving until you read ‘Men were more likely than women to have […] read more
    December 6, 2013 12:41 pm - 3 Comments
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    Hiding behind beneficiaries and accusations of fraud - by Jan Logie

    Yesterday we found out that MSD plans home visits to “check in” on sole parent beneficiaries after 14 weeks to make sure they’re still living alone. The Minister has noted “relationships could develop quickly and some people might not be aware of their obligation to tell Work and Income.” This is actually not even true. […] read more
    December 4, 2013 4:52 pm - 18 Comments
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    Justice for victims of sexual violence – Law Commission Report - by Jan Logie

    When talking about finding justice for rape survivors in the past few weeks I have been talking a lot about the Law Commissions work, because a lot of the solutions lie in it. The Law Commission picked up the justice work from the Taskforce for Action on Sexual Violence and also considered many of the […] read more
    November 25, 2013 2:59 pm - No Comments
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    Justice for victims of sexual violence – justice - by Jan Logie

    Yesterday I wrote about our success in achieving long term, secure funding for sexual violence support services has succeeded in getting Parliament to hold an inquiry into this issue. The second part of the solution to justice for victims of sexual violence – a stronger justice system – has not had such success yet. We […] read more
    November 22, 2013 1:57 pm - 2 Comments
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    Justice for victims of sexual violence –funding - by Jan Logie

    Recent rallies around New Zealand and today’s handing over of a 111,000 strong petition against sexual violence show that it’s time for the Government to take strong action to create a better future for victims of sexual violence. I made justice for victims of sexual violence one of my priorities in my Maiden speech “I […] read more
    November 21, 2013 4:55 pm - 2 Comments
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    A visa or freedom of expression issue? - by Jan Logie

    There’s been a story running, supported by the Sri Lanka Government that Lee and I were in Sri Lanka illegally on the wrong visas and were not detained or questioned. On one level they’re right; on another it’s absolutely untrue. Let me present the story as I know it: We applied for the visa we […] read more
    November 14, 2013 3:42 pm - 9 Comments
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    The Roastbusters- rape club and what it tells us about our justice system - by Jan Logie

    If you need proof that there is something seriously wrong with how rape is talked about and prosecuted, look no further than the revelations about the Roastbusters rape club on TV last night and radio this morning. While the police talked girls getting drunk and taken advantaged of it took a National radio reporter this […] read more
    November 4, 2013 2:46 pm - 22 Comments
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    International Day for Eradicating of Poverty - by Jan Logie

    Today I asked Paula Bennet what she will do to ensure beneficiaries are able to get their legal entitlements. I mentioned just three examples that are symbolic of what community advocates have told us is symptomatic of a culture of blame and suspicion that make it “near impossible for people to recieve the assistance they’re […] read more
    October 17, 2013 5:58 pm - 5 Comments
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    Support for Human Rights in Sri Lanka - by Jan Logie

    Today I wrote to Murray McCully asking NZ to make a stand for human rights in Sri Lanka. Amnesty International NZ is running a great campaign on this right now so you too can easily write to the Minister and show your support. Here’s my letter: Dear Minister McCully, I am writing to you to […] read more
    October 16, 2013 7:17 pm - 2 Comments
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    The problems with productivity - by Jan Logie

    New Zealand’s low productivity levels have been in the media this week. The latest OECD figures show we Kiwis work 15 per cent more hours a year than the OECD average, but despite the longer hours produce 20 per cent less economic activity per hour. The report said New Zealand’s productivity growth rates were in […] read more
    September 26, 2013 12:25 pm - 10 Comments
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    Climate Change and Immigration – the time is now - by Jan Logie

    This week the application of a Kiribati man for refugee status because of climate change was denied by the Immigration and Protection Tribunal stating that, “the sad reality is the effects of environmental degradation on his standard of living and safety are, by his own admission, faced by the population generally.” The man is arguing […] read more
    September 26, 2013 11:18 am - 5 Comments
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    Is equality just a nice to have for women? - by Jan Logie

    Yesterday the government acknowledged they would not rule out bringing in legislation to prevent women using the equal pay act to get decent pay. This is of course in response to the Kristine Bartlett case that is challenging the gender bias of thousands of women being paid the minimum wage and just over for aged […] read more
    September 20, 2013 1:39 pm - 7 Comments
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    New Zealand’s role in the Pacific - by Jan Logie

    This week New Zealand is attending the Pacific Island Forum in the Marshall Islands. Considering the present and visible impact of climate change in the Pacific it’s not surprising that it is top of the agenda for discussion at this Pacific Islands Forum. John Key has defended New Zealand’s record on climate change. This isn’t […] read more
    September 4, 2013 10:51 am - 1 Comment
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    Beneficiaries unfairly targeted while inequality grows - by Jan Logie

    How timely that on the day of the first reading of the Government’s Social Security (Fraud Measures and Debt Recovery) Amendment Bill, TV3 aired an Inside New Zealand documentary – Mind the Gap.  The documentary  eloquently explained inequality in New Zealand and why the National Party appears to have different rules for different people. Amongst […] read more
    September 2, 2013 8:21 am - 53 Comments
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    Government for the Boys 2 - by Jan Logie

    Yesterday I asked John Key what preparations the Government is making to respond to equal pay claims based on the 1972 Equal Pay Act following the Employment Court’s decision last week. The decision, as we all know, is hugely significant for women. It means they can go to court to sue over claims they’re being […] read more
    August 28, 2013 10:43 am - 4 Comments
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    Four reasons Peter Dunne’s flexible superannuation proposal isn’t a good idea - by Jan Logie

    It won’t reduce the cost of Super Treasury estimate flexible superannuation risks adding to the cost of superannuation. It will lead to greater poverty People on low incomes are most likely to need, or be forced, to stop working early, they’re also the least likely to have a lot of savings. The most marginalised are […] read more
    August 27, 2013 5:45 pm - 8 Comments
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    It’s time for the Government to stop exploiting women - by Jan Logie

    The employment court ruling last week in favour of Kristine Bartlett is a huge step forward for women. The Service and Food Workers Union took a risk on the case. Some  early commentary even suggested they wouldn’t have a chance of winning. Considering they represent some of the lowest paid workers in New Zealand and, […] read more
    August 26, 2013 12:36 pm - No Comments
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    Govt needs to ensure welfare entitlements - by Jan Logie

    Today there’s been a story all over social media (thanks Tulia Thompson) of Work and income telling women that tampons and sanitary pads are luxuries and they can’t use payment cards to buy them. The Minister has tweeted that this is not the policy at all. This then raises the question why has this happened? […] read more
    August 19, 2013 5:39 pm - 23 Comments