Let Parliament do its job now

LETTER

Re: Parliament has let us down, June 28 letter.

I can’t help but laugh at Ken Orr as he is in the minority of the New Zealand public in his view. For about 70 percent of us, parliamentarians are doing their duty in line with our wishes.

Yes, the submissions against were in the range he mentioned, but what he fails to say is that churches not only preached about the evils of this proposed bill, but provided their congregations with forms along with instructions on how to fill them out. This included warnings not to say their opposition was due to religious reasons, and a good amount of misinformation designed to cause fear.

This way the minority is trying to enforce their religious beliefs on the rest of us, regardless of what we choose to believe or not. Are we going to let these religious zealots tell us how we are supposed to live, or in this case, die?

I suggest to Mr Orr that seeing as he can’t change what is happening in Parliament, he sit back and wait for them to do their job, working their way through the process now in front of them. That is the committee of the whole House, where each clause in this bill is examined in detail. MPs can submit changes in the form of Supplementary Order Papers, which will then be discussed and voted on. If passed it will then be written into that clause of the proposed bill.

At the end of this process, the actual bill that could become the law will emerge. I’m sure it will be a lot more than the bill proposed and probably more in line with the law recently enacted in Victoria, where 68 additional safeguards were added, thereby making it available to a much smaller group of people — but this group being the ones who are suffering unbearably and the ones who need our compassion.

Let’s see if he can exercise one of his nine Fruits of the Spirit, namely patience, and hold back his protests about this bill until we see how it comes out at the end of this process.

Esther Richards, Tauranga

Re: Parliament has let us down, June 28 letter.

I can’t help but laugh at Ken Orr as he is in the minority of the New Zealand public in his view. For about 70 percent of us, parliamentarians are doing their duty in line with our wishes.

Yes, the submissions against were in the range he mentioned, but what he fails to say is that churches not only preached about the evils of this proposed bill, but provided their congregations with forms along with instructions on how to fill them out. This included warnings not to say their opposition was due to religious reasons, and a good amount of misinformation designed to cause fear.

This way the minority is trying to enforce their religious beliefs on the rest of us, regardless of what we choose to believe or not. Are we going to let these religious zealots tell us how we are supposed to live, or in this case, die?

I suggest to Mr Orr that seeing as he can’t change what is happening in Parliament, he sit back and wait for them to do their job, working their way through the process now in front of them. That is the committee of the whole House, where each clause in this bill is examined in detail. MPs can submit changes in the form of Supplementary Order Papers, which will then be discussed and voted on. If passed it will then be written into that clause of the proposed bill.

At the end of this process, the actual bill that could become the law will emerge. I’m sure it will be a lot more than the bill proposed and probably more in line with the law recently enacted in Victoria, where 68 additional safeguards were added, thereby making it available to a much smaller group of people — but this group being the ones who are suffering unbearably and the ones who need our compassion.

Let’s see if he can exercise one of his nine Fruits of the Spirit, namely patience, and hold back his protests about this bill until we see how it comes out at the end of this process.

Esther Richards, Tauranga

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