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New Conservative Leighton Baker Talking about Family — The BFD

New Conservative Leader, Leighton Baker talking on Family. Leighton states that we need to stop crime before it happens rather than solve it at the end. We need to find the causation of crime through research. We need to research in prisons where we will find common denominators such as the single-parent family. A lot…

via New Conservative Leighton Baker Talking about Family — The BFD

New Conservative Leader Leighton Baker on Climate Pollution — The BFD

 

Leighton Baker, leader of New Conservative talks about how our party takes a different approach to Climate Change. We believe hard-earned taxpayers money is better well spent looking for solutions to pollution and other environmental ills including climate change. Carbon credits are a wasted effort as we have little ability to control our planet. An…

via New Conservative Leader Leighton Baker on Climate Pollution — The BFD

Hate Speech? Or Speech they Hate!

It is not hate speech that is being banned, but speech that the Left hate.

New Conservative has received a large amount of interest over the last few weeks but in the last 24 hours on-line subscriptions and members have spiked to an all time high.

The reason is primarily because social media platforms and news websites have blocked comments from some key New Conservative spokespeople. This clearly demonstrates that while these platforms think they can decide what people see and hear, the evidence clearly points to people being fed up with such muzzling and politically correct nonsense and are looking for a voice to stand up and say what they are longing to have said.

New Conservative has been at the forefront of the freedom of speech debate in New Zealand. Its deputy leader, Elliot Ikilei, has recently been the target of denial of service actions from social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter for describing transgenderism as requiring “compassion and tolerance,” and for a clip showing an assault on families at a political rally by young men of a nearby township. Most New Zealanders are now becoming aware of the direct censorship of conservative speakers and those who are wanting to engage in robust debate.

We are in desperate need of men and women with the backbone to stand up to the imminent threat of ‘thought shaping’ that the current government and social media clearly promote.

“When a platform disallows someone to refer to scientific fact and verified occurrences, be aware that you are living in a state of growing tyranny where independent thought is actively discouraged. This has been happening in education for some years and New Conservative will not stand by and let the basic right of free speech and to be informed be snatched away from the men, women and children of New Zealand,” says Leighton Baker, New Conservative Leader.

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Leighton Baker, Leader, New Conservative
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New Conservative holds public meeting about the Botany electorate of Jami-Lee Ross

The New Conservative Party is targeting the Botany electorate of independent MP Jami-Lee Ross, saying his actions have created an opportunity there.

The party is holding a public meeting – not in Botany but next door in Pakuranga – with an advertisement saying “it’s time to listen to Botany”.

“We’ll discuss many important issues including Botany’s elected representation,” the ad says of the meeting on Friday.

Ross won the seat in the 2017 election as a National MP but refused to stand down when he was ejected from the party amid the scandal that followed his outing as the person who leaked leader Simon Bridges’ expense details.

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West Coast Council Right to Ask for Facts.

Accountability.jpgAccountability to ratepayers has become a rare event for Councils, therefore West Coast Regional Council need to be applauded for their challenge of the government’s Zero Carbon Bill.

“It is critical that every expenditure that commits money collected from New Zealanders as rates or tax is satisfactorily accounted for,” says New Conservative Leader, Leighton Baker.

“West Coast Regional Council has reflected the type of governance that New Zealand should be expecting by challenging the status quo and demanding information on decisions that impact their lives.“

New Conservative backs the West Coast Council and their prudent approach to the issue of environmental protection.

Despite around $1.4Bl of New Zealand taxpayer money disappearing annually into the ether of Carbon Credits, there has been no notified effect on greenhouse gases or global warming.

It’s time New Zealand really did become an environmental Global leader by re-directing those carbon credits to directly target identified pollution.

“$1.4 billion invested into universities and research institutes would produce results that could very likely change the world and make NZ a world leader in innovative ways of reducing pollution,” says Leighton.

The west Coast would, no doubt, welcome some of that money into research on alternatives to 1080, construction of waste incinerators, saving landfills and creating energy.

Turning bio-waste into bio-fuel, research into zero emission coal and gas plants, expanding use of renewables and alternative energy sources are all topics that could get serious consideration instead of buying carbon credits which are really just a fine for not meeting agreed targets.

“The West Coast council are looking after their constituents and the New Zealand government and others elected by ratepayers could learn from that,” concludes Leighton Baker.

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Leighton Baker, Leader, New Conservative
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Birth Certificate or Choice Certificate?

PRESS RELEASE   NewConservativeTheTruth

Last week the debate was about the impact of PC culture on freedom of speech. New Conservative is concerned we are about to go a step further with more PC madness.

This week, a previously conservative, and usually unPC NZ First politician, has “come out” promoting a Bill making it possible to change gender on one’s birth certificate by way of a statutory declaration instead of needing confirmation by a judge.

Family First is right in saying this is an historical document stating biological reality. It is often called for as the most basic and accurate form of identification. In the future it will be, “Yeah. Right!”

The Committee’s recommendations say that they were confident that the Bill would not place others at risk of harm. 16 year old boys legally allowed to enter the girl’s changing sheds at school and other places is not a risk? Come on! The Lesbian Rights Alliance Aotearoa and parents have every reason to be concerned.

This sort of PC nonsense is an attack on truth and science. Apart from extremely rare exceptions, every child is born either male or female, a biological fact of reality. These facts should stand alone.

“What people do in their own home is their business, but let’s keep our public and shared spaces safe,” says New Conservative Leader, Leighton Baker.

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Leighton Baker, Leader New Conservative
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New Conservative Party launched — Your NZ

 

The Conservative Party was Colin Craig’s party. It was seriously damaged when Craig hit problems with ex-staff and multiple defamation actions, and Craig dropped his political ambitions. The party has been repackaged and relaunched: NEW CONSERVATIVE – BUILDING THE RIGHT BRIDGES “New Zealand needs a viable coalition option before the 2020 election,” says Leader Leighton […]

via New Conservative Party launched — Your NZ

Axe Charter Schools? No! — Conservative Party NZ

by Leighton Baker, Party Leader. Charter schools are working and are providing choice for parents who want an education system that best meets the needs of their children. The Labour Party needs to recognise that not all children are the same and providing a variety of learning institutions is a good thing. In fact Conservative…

via Axe Charter Schools? No! — Conservative Party NZ

Conservative Party to Get New Name. — Conservative Party NZ

by Leighton Baker, Leader of the Conservative Party. Members of the Conservative Party of New Zealand voted to look at a name change at the party’s AGM held in Auckland in November. Although all smaller parties had poor results this election, it was the belief of many members that a new name would encourage people to…

via Conservative Party to Get New Name. — Conservative Party NZ

Conservative Party Exists Already — Conservative Party NZ

by Leighton Baker, Conservative Party Leader. Current debates around the need for a socially and fiscally conservative Party, that would be able to work with National in any future Government, seem to want to ignore the fact that such a party already exists. The Conservative Party has campaigned hard on issues like personal responsibility, the importance of…

via Conservative Party Exists Already — Conservative Party NZ

Democracy? Yeah Right! — Conservative Party NZ

by Leighton Baker, Conservative Party NZ Leader. In another blow to democracy, Trevor Mallard has taken it upon himself to change parliament’s opening prayer. While there may be some who would welcome the change, surely even they must realise that allowing MPs to change things without, or before, consultation, is opening the way for power…

via Democracy? Yeah Right! — Conservative Party NZ

End Poverty with Marijuana? — Conservative Party NZ

by Leighton Baker, Party Leader. The Greens’ promise to end poverty has just suffered a terminal, self inflicted injury, by pushing to legalise marijuana. A massive study published in Aug 2016 in the US Journal of Drug Issues found that the proportion of marijuana users who smoke daily has rapidly grown, and that many of…

via End Poverty with Marijuana? — Conservative Party NZ

What do the Greens Really Want? — Conservative Party NZ

by Leighton Baker, Conservative Party NZ. We know it’s a little early to judge, but the Greens holding out so they can push for legalising Cannabis, while losing one of the world’s largest Marine Sanctuaries, does pose the question “What are the Greens really after?” Legalising Cannabis will make some people’s escapism legal, but at…

via What do the Greens Really Want? — Conservative Party NZ

Time to Make History — Conservative Party NZ

by Leighton Baker, Leader of the Conservative Party NZ. This new government must be given time to find its footing, and prioritise areas of agreement. However, part of that process must be the corporate understanding and recognition of the drivers of New Zealand’s negative statistics, so that these can be addressed at their cause rather…

via Time to Make History — Conservative Party NZ

Conservative Party NZ Election Gratitude — Conservative Party NZ

by Leighton Baker, Conservative Party NZ Leader. The Conservative Party wants to thank everyone who voted for the Party in the election for their unwavering support in the face of huge pressure to vote for a winner rather than for a Party that best represents their values. MMP is supposed to provide proportional representation in…

via Conservative Party NZ Election Gratitude — Conservative Party NZ

Leighton Baker wrapping up with 48 hours to go! — Conservative Party NZ

by Leighton Baker, Conservative Party NZ leader. Leighton talks about what we must all consider now with 48 hours to go to the election. Leighton quotes Martin Luther King Jnr on what we need to think about in who to vote for, supporting our own convictions and values. Cowardice– asks the question, is it safe?…

via Leighton Baker wrapping up with 48 hours to go! — Conservative Party NZ

Three Reasons the Housing Shortage Won’t get Sorted Soon — Conservative Party NZ

by Leighton Baker. Builder, Construction Company CEO and Conservative Party Leader, says, “There are three reasons why the housing shortage won’t get settled any time soon. 1. It’s a numbers game. We are only building enough houses for the people that are arriving annually, and the more that arrive, the more houses are required. To catch up…

via Three Reasons the Housing Shortage Won’t get Sorted Soon — Conservative Party NZ

Nelson Polling Could be Significant — Conservative Party NZ

by Leighton Baker, Conservative Party Leader. The debate and discussion at the start of the last week of the 2017 General Election around the significance of the Nelson Green Party polls has been described as inaccurate at best, and completely misleading at worst. There is a side note to the story not being told. According…

via Nelson Polling Could be Significant — Conservative Party NZ

List MPs Go Home! — Conservative Party NZ

by Leighton Baker. The Conservative Party of New Zealand is calling for a change to our electoral system whereby list MPs from parties that do not form Government, do not enter Parliament. In 1999 81.5% of respondents to a referendum on “Should the size of the House of Representatives be reduced from 120 members to…

via List MPs Go Home! — Conservative Party NZ

Legalising Prostitution. A Dismal Failure — Conservative Party NZ

by Leighton Baker. Recent articles on the exploitation and trafficking of young people into sex work is surely an indication that the legalisation of prostitution has failed. In 2003 our Government used the dubious process of Conscience Votes to legalise prostitution. There was no mandate from the population to do so and it was based…

via Legalising Prostitution. A Dismal Failure — Conservative Party NZ

Spare a Thought (and possibly a vote) For the Minor Parties — Conservative Party NZ

by Leighton Baker, Conservative Party Leader. While current members of parliament are on full pay as they represent their Party and ask for your vote, Parties that are outside of parliament stump up for most costs themselves. No government limo’s, free air travel and fully funded secretaries for them. It is either using up accrued…

via Spare a Thought (and possibly a vote) For the Minor Parties — Conservative Party NZ

Rising Health Costs — Conservative Party NZ

by Leighton Baker. Rob Hennin, in his article in the NZ Herald today states, “Health costs will soon overtake superannuation as the Government’s biggest social spending obligation. That has to be of concern to any political party likely to be involved in running a government in the future. No one is keen to face the…

via Rising Health Costs — Conservative Party NZ

Decriminalising Abortion — Conservative Party NZ

by Leighton Baker. Conservative Party Leader Leighton Baker is disappointed that in last night’s TV3 Leaders Debate, the Prime minister did not take the opportunity to be a voice for the voiceless. Jacinda Ardern said she wants abortion taken out of the Crimes Act because “it is about people being able to make their own…

via Decriminalising Abortion — Conservative Party NZ

Boot Camps Won’t Work, our Boot Farms Will — Conservative Party NZ

by Leighton Baker, Conservative Party Leader. While we see positives in this policy, ultimately we do not believe that they would in fact reform troubled youth. Our Boot Farm policy was created with input from frontline youth workers. The farms will ensure that youth are not only held accountable for their actions, they will have…

via Boot Camps Won’t Work, our Boot Farms Will — Conservative Party NZ

Leighton Baker at the Housing Forum- Anglican Diocese of Wellington- 9th August 2017 — Conservative Party NZ

by Leighton Baker, Conservative Party NZ. Leighton attended the Housing forum conducted by the Anglican Diocese of Wellington Thursday 9th August. The event was introduced by Bishop Eleanor Sanderson and Cardinal John Dew. Leighton spoke eloquently about the struggles with housing people and his background as a builder. In the video he talks about the Conservative Party…

via Leighton Baker at the Housing Forum- Anglican Diocese of Wellington- 9th August 2017 — Conservative Party NZ

Legalising cannabis- A closer look by Dr Stephen Child — Conservative Party NZ

by Leighton Baker, Conservative Party NZ. Leighton highlights this article from the NZ Herald today which covers the issues surrounding cannabis from a medical health professional point of view. Dr Stephen Child is a general and respiratory physician and past chair of the New Zealand Medical Association. The Conservative party has policies that speak to these concerns…

via Legalising cannabis- A closer look by Dr Stephen Child — Conservative Party NZ

Game On in Epsom!! — Conservative Party NZ

by Leighton Baker. The Conservative Party Leader, Leighton Baker, is challenging for the candidate vote in Epsom. “Our vision for New Zealand is a nation where people are valued and honoured, not terminated, and where democracy is upheld and not manipulated, and where we invest in our people, our skills and our creativity, for the…

via Game On in Epsom!! — Conservative Party NZ

Immigration Needs Long Term Strategy, not Knee Jerk Reaction — Conservative Party NZ

by Leighton Baker, Conservative Party NZ Leader. While many parties are advocating for higher immigration numbers, there are some valid reasons to curb immigration, not the least of these being that we haven’t got the houses for them to live in. 2 2 does not equal 3,, and until we have sufficient accommodation available…

via Immigration Needs Long Term Strategy, not Knee Jerk Reaction — Conservative Party NZ

FORUM ON THE FAMILY 2017 – Bringing the expert speakers to your place! PART II

Bringing the expert speakers to you on CHILDHOOD GENDER DYSPHORIA, EUTHANASIA and ABORTION

As mentioned in our recent NZ Conservative Coalition post, we attended the 10th annual New Zealand Forum on the Family  Friday 7th July 2017, 8.45am–4.30pm which brought together a national network of family-focused organisations, scholars, lobby groups and leaders who seek to promote and protect the well-being of families, the role of parents, and the welfare of our children.

In our previous post  we provided videos of the guest political speakers including Bill English (NZ National), Leighton Baker (Conservatives NZ) and Tracey Martin (Family First). Here are some more links to some of the other presentations from the Forum on the Family.

The Phenomenon of Childhood Gender Dysphoria
Professor John Whitehall – Foundation Chair Paediatrics and Child Health, School of Medicine – Western Sydney University

The Effect of Euthanasia Leglislation On Palliative Care – A Doctor’s Perspective.
Sinead Donnelly – Internal medicine consultant & palliative medicine specialist based at Wellington Hospital. Senior clinical lecturer at the Otago School of Medicine in Wellington

Considering Euthanasia & Abortion in an Election Year – What You Need to Know
Dr Jane Silloway Smith – CEO, Every Life Research Unit

Professor John Whitehall
THE PHENOMENON OF CHILDHOOD GENDER DYSPHORIA: 

In recent years, the issue of transgender identity in children has leapt from the periphery of public consciousness to centre stage of a cultural drama played out in the media, courts, schools, hospitals, families, and in the minds and bodies of children. But is this massive intrusion into the minds and bodies of children necessary? What will happen if parents do nothing but “watch and wait” while their child muses on its gender? Can the child grow out of it? It’s time for a discussion based on biology and research, rather than ideology and agendas.

Professor John Whitehall is Foundation Chair and Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Western Sydney. John graduated from Sydney University in 1966 and completed his residency at Sydney Hospital before working in developing countries. He then pursued paediatric training in England and Australia, followed by training in neonatology. John has held positions as Staff Specialist in the neonatal intensive care unit at Nepean Hospital, Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Townsville and Chair of Northern Region Women’s and Children’s Committee which oversaw the development of services and the maintenance of standards throughout the region. As Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University, John developed and delivered courses in Tropical Paediatrics.  Professor Whitehall’s extensive experience working in developing countries includes a refugee aid program in Vietnam, a mission hospital in remote South Africa, the university hospital Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia). He has also been involved in aid organisations in Guam (for Vietnamese refugees), East Timor, Lebanon and Mexico. In 2005, he led an aid program in Sri Lanka after the Asian tsunami, and became finalist for Senior Australian of the Year in 2006 for this humanitarian work. For two months over Christmas 2014, he worked as locum physician in a remote hospital in Madagascar.  John maintains a special interest in international health, and has published on a range of subjects from neonatology to public health. As a neonatologist, John has been particularly interested in the embryology of the brain and the effect of drugs, such as alcohol. It was concern about the interruption of the developing brain by drugs that blocked puberty and evoked sexual characteristics of the opposite sex that inspired involvement in the gender dysphoria debate. That involvement has involved two lengthy articles in Quadrant Magazine (December 16, May 17), radio interviews and public speaking.

 

Dr Sinead Donnelly MD, FRCPI, FAChPM, FRACP
THE EFFECT OF EUTHANASIA LEGISLATION ON PALLIATIVE CARE – A DOCTOR’S PERSPECTIVE:
Dr Sinead Donnelly is an internal medicine consultant and palliative medicine specialist based  at Wellington Hospital. She is also a senior clinical lecturer at the Otago School of Medicine in Wellington. She is a co-Trustee of the Care Alliance, Executive member New Zealand Health Professionals Alliance, and a member of Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine. Sinead is from Ireland – if you didn’t already realise!

 

 

Dr Jane Silloway Smith
CONSIDERING ABORTION AND EUTHANASIA IN AN ELECTION YEAR – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Across the developed world, societies are questioning their laws concerning the beginnings and ends of life. New Zealand is not immune to these questions and the legislative implications that come from them. Dr Smith will discuss what is going on internationally in the policy areas of abortion and euthanasia, and how these global trends are playing out currently in New Zealand. What are our current laws on abortion and euthanasia; how do they compare internationally; and what challenges and changes to these laws could arise in our next Parliament?

Jane Silloway Smith, PhD is the Director of the Every Life Research Unit, and is an experienced public policy researcher, with interest in the application of social justice to public policy. From 2009 to 2016, Jane was a researcher and Research Manager at Maxim Institute, where her primary areas of research were foreign aid, social policy, and end-of-life care and choices. Jane holds a PhD in history from Northwestern University. Prior to her work at Maxim, Jane taught in the history departments at Northwestern University and the University of Auckland. Alongside her work at Every Life, she teaches history and social justice on the Venn Foundation Internship.

You can see more about the Forum and Family First here.

Forum on the Family 2017- A Fantastic Family Promotional Event

We attended the 10th annual New Zealand Forum on the Family  Friday 7th July 2017, 8.45am–4.30pm which brought together a national network of family-focused organisations, scholars, lobby groups and leaders who seek to promote and protect the well-being of families, the role of parents, and the welfare of our children.

The special feature was the political Leaders Q&A: Bob McCoskrie interviewed each leader separately to find out their views on a number of family-related and conscience issue policies. Where do they stand personally on the issues of abortion, euthanasia, the redefining and role of marriage, abortion, euthanasia, gender ‘identity’, the role and rights of parents, anti-smacking law, media standards, sex education in schools, marijuana, the harm of prostitution, alcohol laws, Easter trading laws, gambling harm, binding referenda, and more.

The Leaders who spoke were Bill English (National), Leighton Baker (Conservatives) and Tracey Martin (NZ First). All spoke well about their parties policies and personal positions in the lead up to the General Election Sept this year. It was great to see the Conservative party at the forum as a late entry and hear their policy positions which match perfectly with Family First. It was disappointing Winston Peters could not attend however Tracey covered well. Andrew Little was invited but did not attend, probably because his party policies in general do not align with family values.

You can watch videos of the leaders speaker here.

The Guest Speakers were very interesting and very knowledgeable on their speech subject matters.

Professor John Whitehall
THE PHENOMENON OF CHILDHOOD GENDER DYSPHORIA: 

In recent years, the issue of transgender identity in children has leapt from the periphery of public consciousness to centre stage of a cultural drama played out in the media, courts, schools, hospitals, families, and in the minds and bodies of children. But is this massive intrusion into the minds and bodies of children necessary? What will happen if parents do nothing but “watch and wait” while their child muses on its gender? Can the child grow out of it? It’s time for a discussion based on biology and research, rather than ideology and agendas.

Professor John Whitehall is Foundation Chair and Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Western Sydney. John graduated from Sydney University in 1966 and completed his residency at Sydney Hospital before working in developing countries. He then pursued paediatric training in England and Australia, followed by training in neonatology. John has held positions as Staff Specialist in the neonatal intensive care unit at Nepean Hospital, Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Townsville and Chair of Northern Region Women’s and Children’s Committee which oversaw the development of services and the maintenance of standards throughout the region. As Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University, John developed and delivered courses in Tropical Paediatrics.  Professor Whitehall’s extensive experience working in developing countries includes a refugee aid program in Vietnam, a mission hospital in remote South Africa, the university hospital Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia). He has also been involved in aid organisations in Guam (for Vietnamese refugees), East Timor, Lebanon and Mexico. In 2005, he led an aid program in Sri Lanka after the Asian tsunami, and became finalist for Senior Australian of the Year in 2006 for this humanitarian work. For two months over Christmas 2014, he worked as locum physician in a remote hospital in Madagascar.  John maintains a special interest in international health, and has published on a range of subjects from neonatology to public health. As a neonatologist, John has been particularly interested in the embryology of the brain and the effect of drugs, such as alcohol. It was concern about the interruption of the developing brain by drugs that blocked puberty and evoked sexual characteristics of the opposite sex that inspired involvement in the gender dysphoria debate. That involvement has involved two lengthy articles in Quadrant Magazine (December 16, May 17), radio interviews and public speaking.

Melinda Tankard Reist 
HOW PORNOGRAPHY FUELS AND LEGITIMISES SEXUAL VIOLENCE – THE RESEARCH:
We are in the midst of renewed debate on the national scourge of violence against women. This debate is to be welcomed. However what has not been adequately acknowledged is the role of pornography as a driver of this violence. Melinda Tankard Reist will explore what the research tells us about how pornography eroticises and legitimises violence against women and relate young women’s experiences of sexual assault, physical and psychological injury from porn-inspired sexual acts, unwanted sexual advances, demands for sexual ’selfies’, and other out-workings of harmful porn inspired behaviours. She will call for pornography to be included in any policies aiming to address violence against women.

Melinda Tankard Reist is an author, speaker, media commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls. She is best known for her work addressing sexualisation, objectification, harms of pornography,  sexual exploitation, trafficking and violence against women. Melinda is author/editor of five books including Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls (Spinifex Press, 2009), now in its 9th printing, Big Porn Inc: Exposing the harms of the global pornography industry (Spinifex Press, 2011, co-edited with Dr Abigail Bray) and her new release Prostitution Narratives: Stories of survival in the sex trade. (Spinifex Press, 2016, co-edited with Dr Caroline Norma). An opinion writer, Melinda is also a regular on morning television and has appeared on ABC’s Q&A and The Gruen Sessions as well as many other TV and radio programs. Melinda is co-founder of the grassroots campaigning movement, Collective Shout: for a world free of sexploitation, exposing corporations, advertisers and marketers who objectify women and sexualise girls to sell products and services. An ambassador for World Vision Australia, Compassion Australia and the Raise Foundation, Melinda is named in the Who’s Who of Australian Women and the World Who’s Who of Women. Melinda previously spoke at our Forum on the Family in 2010.

Dr Sinead Donnelly MD, FRCPI, FAChPM, FRACP
THE EFFECT OF EUTHANASIA LEGISLATION ON PALLIATIVE CARE – A DOCTOR’S PERSPECTIVE:
Dr Sinead Donnelly is an internal medicine consultant and palliative medicine specialist based  at Wellington Hospital. She is also a senior clinical lecturer at the Otago School of Medicine in Wellington. She is a co-Trustee of the Care Alliance, Executive member New Zealand Health Professionals Alliance, and a member of Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine. Sinead is from Ireland – if you didn’t already realise!

 

 

 

 

Dr Jane Silloway Smith
CONSIDERING ABORTION AND EUTHANASIA IN AN ELECTION YEAR – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Across the developed world, societies are questioning their laws concerning the beginnings and ends of life. New Zealand is not immune to these questions and the legislative implications that come from them. Dr Smith will discuss what is going on internationally in the policy areas of abortion and euthanasia, and how these global trends are playing out currently in New Zealand. What are our current laws on abortion and euthanasia; how do they compare internationally; and what challenges and changes to these laws could arise in our next Parliament?

Jane Silloway Smith, PhD is the Director of the Every Life Research Unit, and is an experienced public policy researcher, with interest in the application of social justice to public policy. From 2009 to 2016, Jane was a researcher and Research Manager at Maxim Institute, where her primary areas of research were foreign aid, social policy, and end-of-life care and choices. Jane holds a PhD in history from Northwestern University. Prior to her work at Maxim, Jane taught in the history departments at Northwestern University and the University of Auckland. Alongside her work at Every Life, she teaches history and social justice on the Venn Foundation Internship.

You can see more about the Forum and Family First here.