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Crimes Amendment Bill (1974)

In 1974 Venn Young, National MP for Egmont, introduced the Crimes Amendment Bill. The Bill sought to legalise homosexual activity between consenting adults in private. The age of consent was set at 21. The Bill failed at its second reading: 34 votes against, 29 votes in favour and 24 abstentions. This recording contains part of the second reading debate in Parliament on 4 July 1975.

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  • 0:00:00 - Logan Sloane (Hobson, National Party)
  • 0:01:44 - Keith Holyoake (Pahiatua, National Party)
  • 0:16:05 - Bill Birch (Franklin, National Party)
  • 0:23:20 - Gavin Downie (Pakuranga, National Party)
  • 0:31:10 - Jim Bolger (King Country, National Party)
  • 0:43:30 - Joe Walding (Palmerston North, Labour Party)
  • 0:46:38 - Ken Comber (Wellington Central, National Party)
  • 0:54:30 - John (Jack) Marshall (Karori, National Party)
  • 1:03:30 - Venn Young (Egmont, National Party)
  • 1:14:25 - Vote [result not included in this recording]

A full transcript of this debate is available online via Hansard

Record date:4th July 1975
Location:Parliament buildings, Wellington
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Audio courtesy of:Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand (LAGANZ)