Go Go Go – Jacinda Ardern Stardust.
A star in the making in the NZ elections, born in 1980 year old Jacinda Ardern joined NZ Labour as a teenager and became an MP in 2008 an Leader of the Opposition since 1 August. This year. Start ’em young. Train em up. She’s like lightening. A #youthquake.
Decriminalise abortion! Yes please!
She’s now just dececlared herself a republican and wants NZ to have a debate on removing the Queen as head of state.
Go Gurl! #LetsDoThisToo Aus.
Lifting an intact paragraph from Wikipedia (minus references):
“Ardern has described herself as a social democrat, progressive and a feminist. She has cited Helen Clark as a political hero. In her parliamentary maiden speech in 2008 Ardern affirmed her support for the welfare state as “a necessary safety net, and a support for those who are unable to support themselves”, and has spoken in support of trade unions. “In 2017 she opposed the National Party’s plans for income tax cuts for high-income earners.
Ardern voted in favour of the Marriage Equality Bill, a bill which allowed same-sex couples to legally marry in New Zealand and in 2004, she paid $20 to have her name included in a “full page ad in a major New Zealand newspaper supporting the Civil Union Bill.”
“Ardern supports the liberalisation of abortion laws and advocates removing abortion from the Crimes Act of 1961. Ardern supports student loans being kept interest-free and has also expressed interest in the area of mental health. Ardern also took strong objection to the idea that women should have to tell their employer about their plans to take maternity leave in the future.
“Ardern believes that the retention or abolishment of Māori electorates should be decided by Māori, stating “[Māori] have not raised the need for those seats to go, so why would we ask the question?”. She supports compulsory teaching of the Māori language in schools.
“In August 2017 Ardern advocated a lower rate of immigration to New Zealand, suggesting a drop of around 20,000–30,000. Calling it an “infrastructure issue”, she has argued “there hasn’t been enough planning about population growth, we haven’t necessarily targeted our skill shortages properly…”.
“Ardern acknowledges global warming. She has called for carbon emission reduction targets to be enshrined in New Zealand law.”
Sounds OK, yes it does.