WELLINGTON: New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Mr Jack Marshall, is meeting with unusual opposition in his Karori constituency in the forthcoming general election. Mr Marshall’s opponent is standing as a Gay Liberation candidate.
He’s David Johnstone, a 32-year-old former female impersonator, who came to New Zealand from his native Australia to work as a stripper in a Wellington nightclub.
Later David opened New Zealand’s first restaurant with topless waitresses. After that he started a club featuring drag shows in Auckland.
Now working as a cafeteria steward, he will campaign on increasing all types of sexual freedom. Part of his platform will be homosexual law reform and freedom for nudity and pornography.
David had started his electoral aspirations by planning to oppose the National Party’s Ken Comber in Wellington Central ward – Mr Comber is the son-in-law of ex-premier Sir Keith Holyoake.
But, David said, the electors of Wellington Central were “fairly up with the play”. The electors of Karori would be more likely to benefit from his message.
He told pressmen he was sincere in his candidacy in the election.
He said: “There is so much suffering caused by sexual repression that I feel it my duty to do everything possible to bring enlightenment.”
Wellington GLF has almost 300 members.
Premier Marshall may be up against a candidate who is standing for liberation but all he can do is laugh. “We live in a democracy” he chortled meaninglessly.
If David is elected in Mr Marshall’s place his seat in the Parliament buildings will be just a few yards from the topless restaurant he ran.