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11.40PM: Future bleak for glbt issues - Robertson

Sat 26 Nov 2011 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Grant Robertson 11.40PM: Senior gay Labour MP Grant Robertson is predicting a bleak future for glbti issues and interests following tonight's resounding National party win. The MP who has been tipped to rise even further up the Labour party and to be a future contender for leadership says glbti people "haven't seen any progress on our issues such as adoption under the National government and I can't see a John Key-led government making any progress in the next Parliamentary term." Robertson won his Wellington Central electorate by over 5,000 votes. He is deeply suspicious of the return to the house of homophobe John Banks, probably as leader of the ACT party. "We didn't want to see him in Parliament but John Key worked very hard to get him in and Banks will now be there helping National govern the country," Robertson says ruefully. He is not surprised that Don Brash has resigned from ACT's leadership and is suspicious of where ACT now stands. "It used to be a strongly liberal party but now... well, I have no idea what the ACT party is now." On a brighter note Robertson welcomes the Greens' new lesbian MP Jan Logie into Parliament. "She's terriffic," Robertson says. "She'll be a great addition to Parliament."    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Saturday, 26th November 2011 - 11:30pm

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