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Tim Barnett is back for good!

Tim Barnett with Aaron and Andy

Prominent out-gay former Labour MP Tim Barnett is back in New Zealand after being appointed a top role as the party’s General Secretary.

Barnett, a founding member of Rainbow Labour, spearheaded the Prostitution Law Reform Bill and fought hard for gay rights in New Zealand, including being a key supporter of the civil union legislation. He and long-time partner Ramon Maniapoto left New Zealand after Labour was defeated at the 2008 election for a post in Cape Town.

He is now back in Wellington and “busy looking for a home at the moment” after being appointed a top role with the Labour Party.

Maniapoto says the couple are excited to be back in New Zealand. “Great to be back and very excited to be a part of the community again.”

We will feature a more in-depth interview with Barnett shortly. 

 

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  1. paparazzi says:

    Is he back to face the fallout from his misguided prostitution law reform, now that most councils around the country are being compelled to enact bylaws to control the mess that he created?

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  2. Oh please, the support of the law for sex workers is not a fucking mess – it’s completely necessary. The bylaws you are talking about are from conservative and idiotic councils that don’t realise dodgier sex happens in most home than your average brothel.

    Welcome back, Tim!

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    • paparazzi says:

      One day you will perhaps have the misfortune to find yourself living in a home that you own yourself and yourself become a victim of prostitutes working their trade outside your front gate day and night, and without any form of controls at all

      When you are done picking up the needles, shit and condoms from your front yard, and avoiding the hazards to your personal safety from pimps and clients around your door, I hope you spare a thought for Barnett’s good works

      The interesting thing is that if anyone else runs a business on a public road or footpath then they need to meet certain standards, and be licensed. Perhaps you can tell me why prostitution is so special?

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  3. Maybe you just need to move from Vivian Street.

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  4. Jacquie Grant says:

    Hey there were street workers in this country and most others long before Tim came along and long before any attempt to clean it up. The big problem as I see it is socio economic and one of discrimination, seems the Trans workers and the junkies have been relegated to the streets. also a lot of the problem as I see it also is council’s refusal to allow the same people to work from their homes. Then there are the silly young girls who are to DUMB not to bite the hands that feed them.

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  5. paparazzi says:

    come to chch and you will see that it is far from just the “trans workers and junkies” who work the streets, outside people’s front doors and in their gardens

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    • Anonymous says:

      hey paparazzi I hope one shits on your door step

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  6. spankindad says:

    I hope I have not missed a back to school party

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