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Disillusioned Beyer looks to Australia

Fri 15 Aug 2008 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

New Zealand may lose its highest-profile transgender activist, as ex-Labour MP Georgina Beyer says she's considering a move to Australia early next year to find work. Beyer won fans in Melbourne back in February. (Pic: BNews) Beyer tells the Dominion Post she's had a difficult time trying to find worthwhile employment since leaving Parliament early last year. She had been turned down for a role on the Human Rights Commission, and unlike other recently-departed Labour MPs had not been approached for board roles. "I have all this accumulated knowledge and experience and no one wants to employ it, and I'm not sure why," she says. Since leaving Parliament, Beyer has been working part-time as Wairarapa's Violence Free coordinator, and gave a rousing speech at Melbourne's Outgames Human Rights Conference back in February. A film about her life – entitled Girl – is in production, but Beyer politely turned down a role as her own Grandmother in the biopic.    

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First published: Friday, 15th August 2008 - 6:54am

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