Paul Quinn’s appalling Electoral (Disqualification of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Act passed last night with the support of just two parties – ACT and National. We’ve talked about why this law is so bad in the past. The Attorney-General agreed it is an unjustified breach of our human rights. Why did ACT, the supposed ‘Liberal Party’ vote for it?
Well, don’t look to Hilary ‘we’re all shades of sheep‘ Calvert for answers. In one of the worst Parliamentary speeches I’ve seen (and that’s saying something) Calvert admitted she didn’t like the Bill and then proceeded to vote for it nonetheless.
If only a few ACT MPs had voted on their principles (I’m looking at you, Roger) rather than the way their deranged leader insisted then this travesty of a law would have been voted down.
h/t Grant Robertson on Red Alert
PS. Michael Cullen used to say of Murray McCully that he always looked like he had just come in out of the rain. I don’t know where Calvert looks like she’s just come from but it’s not of this world.