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Hide Welcomes National Support For Treaty Bill

ACT Finance Spokesman MP Rodney Hide today welcomed the National Party's endorsement of his private member's Bill to place a time-limit on Treaty of Waitangi claims.

"Now that Doug Graham has gone, National has finally adopted a more sensible Treaty policy.

"My Treaty of Waitangi (Final Settlement of Claims) Bill means no new claims after a year, all claims would have to be heard in five years, all claims would have to be settled in ten years and all racist legislation and policies in New Zealand abolished.

"National previously opposed my private member's Bill. In 1998, Doug Graham declared time limits on Treaty claims to be `ludicrous'.

"As National has finally realised, the only people who benefit from drawn-out claims are the lawyers and consultants who gorge on the profits of the grievance industry. The grievance industry is dividing the nation. Bill English is right. It is time to move on.

"I look forward to National voting for my Bill in Parliament when it comes in the next month or so," Mr Hide said.

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