Last night former garden show host and current National Party MP, Maggie Barry, attacked Jan Logie’s advocacy of transgender rights during the first reading of the Income Tax (Universalisation of In-Work Tax Credit) Amendment Bill .
Barry said during her speech that the Green Party are repeatedly providing socialist measures in response to key concerns. Speaking in regards to child poverty she continued to attack The Green Party saying, “how many questions do they ever ask in the house about the environment?” and continued to rattle off a list of Green Party concerns.
She then turned her attention to Jan Logie saying, “what’s your favourite Ms Logie? ahh… sex change people going into prisons,” calling it a “fringe issue.”
Green Party MP Jan Logie, who is a keen trans-rights advocate says the statement was offensive, “Conduct in the House is often disappointing but this comment from Maggie Barry showed a level of meanness and ignorance that was jaw dropping.”
“I am proud to stand up for the human rights of all New Zealanders, especially the most marginalised. I see this as a core Green value.”
“The Minister’s response to my question back in April demonstrated a significant level of ignorance about trans issues. In response I wrote to her offering to organise a trans 101 training for her and key advisors. The Minister did not even respond.”
“Sadly we are still in a situation where there is no policy that gurantees protection for transgender prisoners which is why some people are forced to appeal for home detention. It is unacceptable to leave the safety of anyone to the ruling of a judge.”
| Sarah Murphy