Grant Robertson

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[00:00:00] This recording was made up a second the Asia Pacific out games human rights conference held in Wellington, New Zealand in March 2011. [00:00:09] aspirations for the future? [00:00:11] Me personally, [00:00:12] yeah. And also for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, intersex people. [00:00:19] All I mean, I think, the journey, as I mentioned, the journey towards a false sense of equality is a very long road. But I think that's the journey we've got to undertake. And we have to take all the steps along that way. And now I outline the kind of legislative changes that have come through in the last few years around things like civil unions and, and relationship issues and business and marriages and all those sorts of somewhat small things, some of them, but they are the steps we have to take along what is a very long road. I'm optimistic. I think New Zealand is a few people. I know that other countries that are represented here, today, how much through the to run, but here in New Zealand, I think that, you know, I'm optimistic. I do think he's on there's a few people, but we've got to be vigilant, and we've got to keep working. [00:01:03] Adoption about children, that's a very sensitive area certainly [00:01:07] is. But in the end, if we create a policy where children are at the center of that particular issue, then I think we'll come up with the right decisions, making sure that the decisions are based on the best interest of children. And the shouldn't have very much to do in the interim with it with the sexuality of the people concerned, as long as they're creating a loving, stable environment for people. I think that's right. And actually, we're in a situation now where even the current prime minister has seen, he supports the rights of gay capitalist to adopt. He's just not do anything about it. [00:01:39] Now, it's a difficult one. [00:01:41] But actually, to be honest, the question with adoption is much bigger than the rights of same sex couples, we have an adoption accurate, and in 1957, when all adoptions were closed adoptions, we fast forward to 2011 all adoptions and New Zealand open adoption. And there's nothing in legislation about adoption is nothing in the legislation that traditional Pacific adoption, family adoptions. So we need we need an overall change to to adopt. So that's [00:02:07] a broad swath of cultural diet and relationship [00:02:11] disease. And the entire way that we do actions is only around about 50 to 70 adoptions and done in New Zealand he now anyway, but it is important that we ensure that we we set them up and have the whole law reflecting and we're We are in 2011, including for same sex couples. [00:02:27] And what's your aspiration? [00:02:29] Me personally, although I'm this year, I'm very focused on building Wellington in Charlotte. And then having everything hopefully achieve that I'd like to think that will be in government. And, you know, I think I think most people who go into politics or going to a central government politics want to be ministers, because that's where how you affect change. And so you know, of course, I want to do that. And then from there, we'll just take it one step at a time you'll be a gay minister. I can't change that. It's [00:02:54] brilliant. Thanks, Jim.

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