Tim Barnett gives farewell speech to Parliament - 26-Sep-2008
As the 48th New Zealand Parliament draws nearer to an end at its dissolution on 3 October ahead of the general election, retiring and outgoing MPs are making their valedictory statements from within the House. The valedictory statements enable outgoing MPs to formally say farewell to their eollective Parliamentary colleagues.
Tim Barnett was elected to the New Zealand Parliament as the Labour MP for the Christchurch Central electorate in 1996, and has held the seat ever since.
Barnett was very active in promoting equal rights – he was the Parliamentary promoter of the Prostitution Law Reform Bill and a vigorous advocate for the Civil Union Bill.
At the 2005 election, Barnett was appointed the Senior Government Whip.
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