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Parliamentary Proceedings

This section contains the written transcript (Hansard) of various parliamentary proceedings relating to LGBTI rainbow issues.

Maiden speeches

Homosexual Law Reform petition (1968)

The New Zealand Homosexual Law Reform Society's petition was tabled in Parliament by the Hon. A. H. Nordmeyer.

Crimes Amendment Bill (1974)

The Crimes Amendment Bill was introduced by National MP Venn Young. The Bill sought to legalise homosexual acts between consenting adults in private. The age-of-consent was set at 21. The Bill was lost at its second reading.

Alleged Breach of Privilege (1975)

During a television interview on 1 May 1975, Carmen Rupe said that she knew of both a gay man and bisexual Members of Parliament. This prompted Parliament to refer the matter to the Privileges Committee.

Personal Explanation - Warren Freer (1980)

MP Warren Freer told Parliament that he would no longer proceed with a private member's Bill that would have decriminalised homosexual activity between consenting adults.

Human Rights (Gender Identity) Amendment Bill (2004)

The Human Rights (Gender Identity) Amendment Bill was introduced by Labour MP Georgina Beyer on 21 October 2004. The Bill offered specific protection from discrimination on the grounds of gender identity. The Bill was withdrawn on 23 August 2006.