Media Release 26 September 2011
Exactly two months out from the general election, Family First NZ has launched a website www.valueyourvote.org.nz which highlights the voting record of current MP’s on controversial family issues from the past nine years. The site also contains responses to a 30-question survey which has been sent to candidates in all electorates on a wide range of family issues.
“The voting record shows how MP’s have voted over the past three terms on controversial issues such as parental notification, the anti-smacking law, the decriminalisation of prostitution, civil unions and the definition of marriage, euthanasia, and raising the drinking age,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
“But an additional feature of the popular website from the 2008 version is the questionnaire which finds out the candidates’ views at this election on issues ranging from marriage, abortion and income splitting to loan sharks, Easter trading laws, same-sex adoption, and broadcasting standards.”
An 8-page brochure summarising the information is being circulated throughout the country, and contains the responses to the questionnaire from the major party leaders. This resource was available at the last election in 2008 and was very popular with almost 10,000 hits on the website, over 40,000 page views, and more than 50,000 brochures distributed throughout the country.
“Over the past nine years there have been a number of law changes voted on by our politicians specifically impacting the welfare of kiwi families, and the role of parents and marriage. This website allows families to see how their local MP and each political party has voted on these important social issues, and where the candidates at this election stand on these issues and others affecting families.”
“Families deserve laws that strengthen and protect them – not ones that redefine and undermine them,” says Mr McCoskrie.
“We are pleased to offer this resource to assist families in making an informed choice at the polling booth this November.”