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Democrats for Social Credit
Katherine Ransom

Katherine Ransom

Party: Democrats for Social Credit
Electorate: Waikato

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  • Marriage 1 Man/WomanOppose

    I believe love can exist between any two people, and religious dogma shouldn't dictate who's allowed the privilege and human right of marriage.

  • Oppose polygamy / group marriageSupport

    See above comments - families live together in love, why not a group of consenting adults? As long as no-one in the group is oppressed or coerced.

  • Encourage marriageSupport

    Democrats for Social Credit advocates a guaranteed basic income for every resident regardless of age. This income will strengthen the ability of families to raise children in health and safety, with parents who each equally can contribute to the family. But I support a concept of marriage that recognises the rights of everyone, of any sexual preference, to marry.

  • Role and support of parentsSupport

    And that parents should be supported in raising their children with a universal basic income for every member of the family, children getting a proportion of an adult income, managed by parents or caregivers. Children should learn parenting skills in school, starting at intermediate.

  • CYF Complaints AuthoritySupport

    I would add that Democrats for social Credit would ensure that CYF is fully resourced and funded, with enough properly trained staff so that gaps in services don't occur. We consider that with a basic income relieving the stress in families, domestic violence and other symptoms of poverty will be reduced and the work of CYF will be less onerous.

  • Parental choice for educationSupport

    I am unaware of the nature of such a funding discrimination. However, Democrats for Social Credit policies will improve family life and choices. Any funding for alternative education should ensure that standards are maintained so that children are not missing aspects of a modern education.

  • Income SplittingOppose

    Income splitting helps only the upper middle class.

  • Decriminalisation of AbortionSupport

    No woman should have to bear a child she doesn't want. No child should be born into a world unwanted.

  • Unborn child right to lifeOppose

    A fetus isn't a child.

  • Informed Consent for AbortionOppose

    A woman can be offered these things; informed consent is a good thing. But to be required to go through all that when her pregnancy may be traumatic already is just cruel.

  • Parental notificationOppose

    I believe the 'child' should have the right to decide this.

  • Abstinence-based sex educationOppose

    It has been shown, over and over again, that abstinence creates the opposite of what is intended. The teen pregnancy statistics in the US are by far the highest amongst the abstinence crowd. Furthermore, teens do not listen to parents when they want to know about sex, they learn from their peer group.

  • SurrogacySupport

    Didn't know it was illegal. If all participants are adult and willing, well informed, provided with legal advice and know their contractual obligations, It should not be illegal.

  • Embryonic stem cell researchSupport

    This is an emotionally charged (and worded) question. It must be presumed that embryos are deceased, and anyway, there are other ways to obtain stem cells.

  • Same sex couple adoptionSupport

    There is no reason why same-sex couples can't be as good at parenting as two-sex ones, therefore no reason to restrict their human rights to adopt. Two-sex parents don't have such a great track record of success that they have the right to bar other arrangements.

  • Decriminalise euthanasiaSupport

    We have to face the fact that technology has changed the way we deal with death. Keeping a body alive with machines is expensive and pointless. People will commit suicide if they want to, and if they genuinely need help to escape a world of pain, then they should have it. However, any law dealing with this issue will need to be carefully drafted, so that people can't get rid of their wealthy elders before they are ready to go.

  • Full resourcing of palliative careSupport

    We support a complete funding of healthcare from pregnancy and birth to hospice care and everything in between. Democrats for Social Credit regard healthcare as a human right and an investment in the future.

  • Decriminalise marijuanaSupport

    I personally say take it out of the hands of criminals and start using it for the good it can do - provide another source of revenue, as a relief of the side effects of chemotherapy and other drastic drug treatments, as a wonderful fibre, a healthful oil, and many other uses. We should stop believing the propaganda made up in the 1930's and start being sensible about such a useful plant. We'll never properly regulate the use of the drug potential while it remains illegal.

  • Ban on residential brothelsOppose

    Unless there is a public nuisance (loud music, drunkenness, traffic) then there is nothing wrong with arrangements between consenting adults behind closed doors. None of your business or mine.

  • Ban on street prostitutionOppose

    Street prostitution is very dangerous for the sex workers, and to keep them safe is my first concern. However, I don't think they should be arrested or banned. It's important to realise that people regularly pick each other up in bars and on the street with the intention of having sex. Sex workers just charge for the service, which isn't illegal.

  • Criminalise buyer of prostitutionOppose

    No-one should be criminalised, but anyone forced into prostitution should be offered help to change jobs. I wouldn't support any hounding or badgering, though. Women who choose to be sex workers should left alone to get on with their jobs.

  • Improve broadcasting standardsSupport

    More about the level of violence. Not too worried about language or sex.

  • Public IndecencyOppose

    It depends on who thinks it's offensive. Boobs on Bikes is a big piece of advertising, they're all adults and we all have bodies. Covering them is just a cultural and religious construct. (Except when it's cold!) Nude swimming and sunbathing on the beach is an individual choice and is fine. People who don't like it can stop looking.

  • Billboard advertisingOppose

    Including All Blacks in underwear ads? That would be a shame. I don't like billboards that objectify women, or use sex to sell products, but some of them can be G-rated, so I don't know that a G-rating would be any use.

  • Raising drinking ageOppose

    Not unless all other legal measures of adulthood are raised too: voting, signing contracts, etc.

  • Alcohol law reform (5+ Solution)Support

    See previous comment on age. I totally support the restriction on outlets and the banning of alcohol advertising, and the other measures too.

  • Decriminalise smackingOppose

    No such thing as non-abusive smacking. Smacking just teaches children that big people get to hit little people, and perpetuates lazy parenting and family violence. There are more loving and more effective ways to 'correct' children. Setting a good example, for instance.

  • Liberalise Easter trading lawsUndecided

    I'm an atheist, so Easter isn't important to me. However, I do support a return to the 40 hour week, so that hard working people get time off two days out of seven. If Easter has special trading regulations, so should Ramadan, Chanukah and other religious holidays.

  • Regulation of loan sharksSupport

    Democrats for Social Credit would include the entire commercial banking industry, which creates money out of thin air and charges us for the use of it. We support a universal basic income, as of right for every resident of any age. That way, loan sharks will go out of business and big banks will lose their stranglehold on our money supply..

  • Reduced gamblingSupport

    And casinos.

  • Welfare Vouchers for At-RiskOppose

    I support a universal basic income, as of right for every resident of any age. I don't support treating adults like naughty children. Beneficiaries take enough bashing as it is. I support counseling and parenting classes.

  • Paid parental leave (6 months)Support

    With a similar benefit for unemployed people.

  • Three strikes legislationOppose

    I support real programmes in prisons that counsel and treat people for anger issues, drug addictions and any other problems they might have that got them into trouble in the first place. I support training programmes so prisoners have skills went they get out. I don't support private prisons, and I don't support prison at all except for the irredeemably violent. I'd like to see a wider use of restorative justice programmes, and more support for victims.


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