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‘Arrogant’ Wilson Only Consults Like Minds On Bill

‘Arrogant’ Wilson Only Consults Like Minds Over Bill

Attorney General Margaret Wilson has been labelled ‘arrogant’ over her decision to consult only her own ‘pet groups’ about new laws to give marriage status to de-facto and same-sex couples.

ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks today said Ms Wilson had already been caught out using the same tactics on the radical Employment Relations Bill when it was proved that her ‘consultation’ consisted of talking only to union bosses.

“This is an extreme and hugely significant change in the law that Ms Wilson is proposing. It demolishes the clean break principle, puts 50/50 sharing at the whim of judges and forces de-facto couples to go to lawyers if they want to stay as they are. It must go to a Select Committee to allow New Zealanders to make submissions on it,” he said.

Stephen Franks said the Minister could not call officials in her office ringing around a few interest groups and outdated submissions on a very different Bill that was rejected, as adequate consultation.

“The Minister is only talking to her own ‘pet groups ‘, the ‘sociological elite’ and those who will profit from her law change like lawyers who are not going to say no,” he said.

“Margaret Wilson cannot deny New Zealanders their right to make submissions on this Bill by claiming that ‘people are sick to death of putting in yet another submission’. Anyone who is truly sick of making submissions won’t be forced to do so again. She’s attempting to put a quarter of a million New Zealanders through the Registry Office with out even giving them the chance to say ‘I do’”, said Stephen Franks.

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