Posts by Jan Logie

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    In defence of strong women and freedom of speech - by Jan Logie

    A certain right wing blog WITH TIES TO National has tried to discredit Tania Billingsley because her friend has links to Rape Crisis and has had her photo taken with me. This blog was an extreme example of rape culture and was so incredibly offensive that it’s hard to know where to start, or imagine ever ending […] read more
    July 17, 2014 5:12 pm - 16 Comments
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    Enough to live on? - by Jan Logie

    Paula Bennett reckons people have enough to live on, and is trucking out averages as if it proves something, but on the ground, it’s not enough. Here’s some of the stories I’m hearing: A woman moved from out west to South Auckland because she’d found a house that met her needs for $100 less a […] read more
    July 15, 2014 12:02 pm - 17 Comments
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    Rape Culture - by Jan Logie

    So there has been a bit of discussion over the last few weeks about whether we have a rape culture in NZ or not. Paula Bennett the Minister responsible for sexual violence denied rape culture in NZ “I wouldn’t say that we’ve got a rape culture or a sexual violence culture in New Zealand. Actually […] read more
    July 14, 2014 1:09 pm - 7 Comments
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    National’s last term, a review of domestic and sexual violence in numbers - by Jan Logie

    The Green Party, along with community organisations and the media, has put domestic and sexual violence on the political agenda. I have asked 7 questions in the House and made 27 speeches on these topics. I may be a bit like a stuck record but these problems cause so much unnecessary harm. Obviously we are […] read more
    July 7, 2014 5:34 pm - 5 Comments
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    Equal pay will require a change of government - by Jan Logie

    Today EEO Commissioner Dr. Jacqui Blue joined previous commissioners in calling on all political parties to set targets to close gender and ethnic pay gaps. In the past two years there has been no change in the public sector gender pay gap in the 29 core government departments. The gender pay gap in the public […] read more
    June 25, 2014 5:35 pm - 1 Comment
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    Work and Income – stories from hidden people - by Jan Logie

    This morning I caught up with a group of people who have been mandated to attend a pre-employment course by Work and Income. There was a wide range of people on the course, from the young to those close to retirement age, sole parents, people with a range of fairly serious illnesses as well as […] read more
    June 23, 2014 4:57 pm - 19 Comments
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    Government rejects UN human rights recommendations - by Jan Logie

    The Government has chosen to reject over a fifth of key recommendations by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on the state of human rights in New Zealand. As I’ve already written a couple of times, New Zealand was subject to its second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) this year.  In January, the United Nations […] read more
    June 23, 2014 3:05 pm - 1 Comment
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    World Refugee Day - by Jan Logie

    Today, as we mark World Refugee Day, I look back and think about how lucky we are in New Zealand to experience the diversity and culture that various refugees have brought into this country. Over the years, I have met with many people who came to New Zealand as refugees. They brought with them a […] read more
    June 20, 2014 1:09 pm - No Comments
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    Reports from the front-line of violence against women - by Jan Logie

    I’ve been going around the country hearing from refuge and sexual violence organisations and presenting an overview of what’s been happening at a national level and the Green Party ideas for reducing violence. It would be an epic blogpost to convey all of the detail and ideas but here are a couple of things I’ve […] read more
    June 14, 2014 1:08 pm - No Comments
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    Service cutbacks for refugees arriving in NZ - by Jan Logie

    Out of all the people that come to our shores, refugees and asylum seekers are the most vulnerable.  They often carry many scars- some visible, some less visible.  They often have seen and experienced horrific conditions.  So when they arrive, having willingly accepted them, New Zealand has an obligation to provide services and the care […] read more
    June 9, 2014 12:19 pm - 3 Comments
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    Immigration – the Green Party perspective - by Jan Logie

    One of the many brilliant people I know is Pengjun Zhao. He is from China and we worked together at Otago University on urban sustainability. He came to NZ and was welcomed because we need his skills as a transport modeller to help us consider the consequences of different policy decisions on people’s mobility and […] read more
    June 3, 2014 3:09 pm - 4 Comments
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    Government undermines women’s work conditions – part A - by Jan Logie

    The Government has recently reported to the United Nations on the progress New Zealand has made towards gender equality and women’s empowerment over the last twenty years. In the report they point out that ‘changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000 have had positive impacts on working conditions for women’. These positive changes include Part […] read more
    June 3, 2014 2:49 pm - No Comments
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    Budget 2014 and Overseas Development and Aid - by Jan Logie

    Peace Movement Aotearoa pointed out recently just how incredible the global military spend is: Last year global military expenditure was $1,747 trillion (US$) – on average, almost $4.8 billion (US$) every day. By way of contrast, an average of more than 24,000 children under the age of five die every day from mainly preventable causes […] read more
    May 22, 2014 5:00 pm - 4 Comments
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    Government response to domestic violence not good enough - by Jan Logie

    Earlier this year the United Nations Human Rights Council raised serious concerns about the prevalence of violence against women in New Zealand. That is obviously a concern I share. Yesterday the Minister of Justice sent out a press release responding to the report. It is titled NZ to build on strong human rights record and […] read more
    May 22, 2014 9:55 am - 3 Comments
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    Immigration law changes fail exploited migrant workers - by Jan Logie

    The Green Party wants to stop the exploitation of migrant workers. This should be a priority for any Government as we seek to protect the rights of vulnerable workers and our international reputation, and ensure a level playing field for all businesses in New Zealand. Along with many New Zealanders, we have been deeply affected […] read more
    May 21, 2014 10:40 am - 3 Comments
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    The Budget and poverty - by Jan Logie

    The glaring gap in this week’s budget was the absence of any measures at all to reduce child poverty, address the causes of poverty or raise the incomes of the poorest kids. The really nasty thing about the budget was that the absolutely most vulnerable children – newborn babies born into the families most lowest […] read more
    May 16, 2014 5:17 pm - 5 Comments
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    Is NZ helping fund escalating tension on Nauru? - by Jan Logie

    I was shocked to hear last night that Nauru police were sent into their parliament to forcibly remove an opposition MP. The MP had been accused of making critical comments to foreign media. Nauru’s Minister of Justice has defended the police’s actions. The Nauru government has now suspended three opposition MPs from Parliament over unspecified […] read more
    May 15, 2014 11:41 am - No Comments
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    Immigration policy and the Cabinet Club - by Jan Logie

    There was a great opinion piece in the Dominion Post today by Murdoch Stephens, who leads a campaign calling for New Zealand to double its refugee quota. This is a campaign that I totally endorse and Murdoch makes all the arguments well. I recommend reading the piece. Immigration is a multi-faceted issue. It encompasses global […] read more
    May 9, 2014 4:58 pm - 2 Comments
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    Missing Nigerian schoolgirls and NZ’s Security Council bid - by Jan Logie

    I’ve been contacted in recent days by a lot of people concerned about the kidnapping of almost 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria by Boko Haram, and the astonishing lack of response from the girls’ government. I share the sense of outrage. I too have signed the petitions. Boko Haram is seeking to put a stop to […] read more
    May 8, 2014 12:38 pm - 3 Comments
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    Giving money to beneficiaries – if only. - by Jan Logie

    Yesterday in another attempt by the government to distract us from their rapidly accumulating list of dodgy deals they announced a $3000 relocation grant to beneficiaries who can get a confirmed job offer for over 91 days in Christchurch. This seems to be a very poorly thought out response to a genuine problem in Christchurch. It shows us what happens when […] read more
    May 7, 2014 7:34 pm - 10 Comments
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    Why we are celebrating the sexual abuse funding announcement - by Jan Logie

    For decades, the sexual violence support sector has been struggling to make sure those affected by sexual violence have been able to get the help they need when and where they need it. For decades, they have been struggling to keep their organisations afloat to do the critical lifesaving work that they do. Over this […] read more
    May 1, 2014 2:12 pm - No Comments
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    Changes to ACC funding for sensitive claims - by Jan Logie

    Isaac Davidson from the Herald ran another great story today on the support services for victims of sexual abuse and ACC plans to improve coverage. The new model will be “an expanded, more flexible service which took into account the sensitivity, length of time and cost of treating rape-related trauma based on the 2010 review […] read more
    April 29, 2014 12:07 pm - No Comments
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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 - 4 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