Media ID 0210-AB (LGRRC #19)
Radio New Zealand Human Rights Awards (1978) featuring “The Right to an Appropriate Education”, “Child Abuse” and “The Right to be Different” (about gay rights, Wellington High School students)
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Mike Minogue introducing the Radio New Zealand Human Rights Awards for 1978.. awards for best radio programme written and produced by secondary school student
Minogue - We should all think about human rights.. The establishment reacts blindly to what it sees as new or different .. persecution.. the US constitution is instructive.. life and liberty
Minogue - Government is being called on more and more to regulate.. the message from these secondary school students.. tolerance.. we can be our own worst enemies
First prize winner .. [dramatised works]
First prize to David Goodwin, a seventh former at James Cook High School, Auckland.. “The Right to an Appropriate Education” .. the award carries a prize of $250..
The Right to an Appropriate Education
I want to be an artist.. what you’re about to hear is an account of my expulsion .. I was denied the right to an education that was beneficial and relevant to me
I want to be an artist and a writer.. you can’t do that.. you’re just a kid.. The students should have a say in what they get taught.. more relevant forms of learning..
As human beings we should have a right to say how we are educated.. I’m in control here – you’re just a student.. stupid old bitch..
Heni - a Maori kid, another victim of irrelevance.. school is great for the average person.. but what about people like me.. But you are expecting changes for a minority.. equal opportunities.. the creative like to make their own rules..
Minogue – back announcing the winner.
Minogue - Second prize goes to three sixth-form producers from Moreau College in Dunedin for their documentary on Child Abuse.. $150 prize..
Child Abuse documentary
“Tell me why you’re crying my son” song
Somewhere a child is crying.. the exploitation of children.. child – don’t hurt me.. crying.. 300-400 cases of child abuse reported each year.. child deaths..
The role of the Health Department.. prevention rather than cure.. mother was of below-average mentality.. half of the abused children returned to their abusive parents will die of renewed abuse .. violence against children..
Children singing.. Schools report abuse.. we see a number of cases a year .. emotional abuse.. forming gangs.. emotional abuse is worse.. at least when mum and dad are giving you a hiding you know they care and they’re involved with you..
Parenting skills .. why is this little girl hitting out .. parents not giving her enough love and attention.. “Nobodies child”.. various abusive lines..
Social workers.. physical/emotional trauma.. physical abuse - lower socio-economic groups.. what is the cause of emotional abuse.. many reasons why parents don’t like their children..
There is hope for the children of tomorrow.. “mother and child reunion” song
Third prize goes to a group of fourth form producers from Wellington High School – Ann Frankl, Sarah McMurray and Ingrid Brinckman.. prize of $100 for a documentary about homosexual men and women
The Right to be Different (gay rights)
I must hide my face .. I live in daily fear.. I have no legal redress I am homosexual..
The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights says that everyone is entitled to all rights and freedoms with distinction of any kind.. Human rights are not moral rights
No one chooses to be a homosexual.. gay people are denied their human rights.. under the current Human rights Act..
Gay parents are good parents.. example of lesbian woman losing her children.. judges decision..
Accommodation – under the present law you can discriminate against gays .. example ..
Gays can also be denied the use of public facilities.. Gay Liberation example.. newspaper advertising discrimination.. police prejudice
Beatings –1960s Hagley Park, Christchurch example.. [Charles Aberhart] beatings.. (queer bashing song)..
What are some of these excuses.. myth – homosexual equals child molester.. blackmail .. there have also been some gay All Blacks..
It is not illegal in New Zealand to be a homosexual, however it is illegal to perform homosexual acts.. under the Crimes Act lesbians don’t exist.. Some turn to the Bible to justify their attitudes..
Homosexual sex is sometimes defined as unnatural.. isn’t celibacy unnatural?
A recent survey showed that 75% of New Zealanders want the law changed.. social attitudes..
“Kill a queer for Christ” reference
Gay pride in San Francisco.. Anita Bryant.. Nazi concentration camps..
In England the law has been changed..
Why does society tolerate these injustices .. maybe one of these statements you’ll agree with.. our society needs scapegoats.. fear..
We hope this programme makes you think.. are you doing anything to help? Action is what is needed.. Gay Rights Coalition .. gay rights are human rights.
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