More Like This, Labour rules changes pushes for more women [LEAKED DOCS]

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I have just received the final edited list of proposed rule changes for the labour party that will be discussed at the forthcoming National Convention.

In case anyone doubts the veracity of the documents the properties and meta-data show that the document was prepared by Robert Gallagher the Vice President of Labour and last edited by Tim Barnett, the General Secretary.

Labour is making a push to promote more women candidates with several rule changes.  

New Rule 289A.  For the 2014 election the Moderating Committee shall, in determining the list, ensure that for any percentage of party vote likely to be obtained, and taking into account the electorate MPs likely to be elected with that level of Labour support, the resultant Caucus will comprise at least 45% women.  For the 2017 and subsequent elections the percentage shall be at least 50%.

and perhaps the most alarming for members the rule proposing to exclude men from standing in some electorates.

New Rule 248A. An LEC may request that NZ Council determine that only women may nominate for the position of Labour candidate for their electorate. Such approval overrides the right granted in Rule 251 for any member to be eligible for nomination.

So, Labour is wanting to institute a “Man Ban” to set aside some electorates for women only candidates.

On top of that they will be looking to adjust the list as well.

Amendment (deletions and insertions) to existing Rule 287.  The Moderating Committee shall examine the Regional lists and consider the representation across all lists of tangata whenua, gender, ethnic groups, people with disabilities, age and youth, sexual orientations, and the geographical spread and range of skills.  …….

Amendment (deletions and insertions) to existing Rule 290.  The Moderating Committee shall be bound by the need to arrive at a list which:

a)          fairly represents tangata whenua, gender, ethnic groups, people with disabilities, sexual orientations, and age and youth.

b)          ensures ………………….. etc

having due regard to priority orders that have emerged from the Regional List Conferences.

Deletion of current Rule 293. There shall be no barriers to nominees on the grounds of sexual orientation or marital status.  Gender, ethnicity, age and disability are active criteria listed above. 

The full document is embedded below.

Labour Party Rule Changes 2013 Final


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