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Should the public know if candiates are criminals?

National MP Matt King has proposed a bill that requires political candidates to disclose prior criminal offenses – if it warranted a prison sentence over two years.

I personally think that whenever this bill gets taken out of the ballot, it’s going to pass – but that doesn’t mean that I agree with it. I don’t know what to think of it, actually.

One of my longest-held and strongest political views is that businesses should not be able to deny employment based on past criminal offenses. This is essentially the same thing, but instead of an employer, whether these people get the job is entirely up to the NZ public – and I don’t have much faith in either the public or the media to focus on anything but past convictions.

On the other hand, you’ve gotta do something pretty serious for it to warrant a two year sentence.

I don’t know. This is a catch 22, I really don’t know what the correct choice is. I’m gonna say I agree with King here, but it’s not a strong held opinion and I’m very much open to being convinced otherwise.

And yeah, I’m back, trying my hand at this again. Hopefully, I’ll stay at this longer than I did last time I came “back.”

Matt King – Meet the Newbies

In episode ten of Meet the Newbies, I talk with Northland MP Matt King on changes to NZ’s bill of rights, why he prefers cannabis decriminalization over legalization, and his thoughts on when NZ will be ready for a republic.

COMING UP ON MONDAY: I talk with Northland based Labour list MP Willow-Jean Prime, on her former work as a Councillor in the far north.

Northland MP Matt King, who won the seat off NZ First leader Winston Peters