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Government Not Consulting On Supreme Court Bill

Government Not Consulting On Supreme Court Bill

The lack of consultation shown by the Government in introducing the Supreme Court Bill is mirrored in its overwhelming desire to rush through the submissions which are being heard by the Justice and Electoral Select Committee , “said Dail Jones New Zealand First Justice spokesman.

He said that the select committee is supposed to hear 15 submissions on Monday 19 May.

These submissions include submissions from:

Council of Trade Unions, Federation of Maori Authorities (Inc), Business Roundtable, New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties, The New Zealand Bar Association, National Council of Women, New Zealand Law Society, Business New Zealand, Institute of Chartered Accountants, Messrs Edward Penetito, Jim Headley, Matthew Webster Ellison Rudd Watts, John Creser and the Wellington Community Law Centre.

“I have tried to have the work shown on this list spread over two days, but this has been objected to by the committee,” said Mr Jones.

“In my previous experience I chaired a Statutes Revision Committee for three years and cannot recall ever rushing through this number of submissions on one day.

“It will be impossible for the witnesses to summarise their submissions sufficiently and it is a grave insult to the Trade Union Movement and to all others,” concluded Mr Jones.

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