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Wilson shuns warnings on Privy Council

Wilson shuns warnings on Privy Council

National's Justice spokesman, Richard Worth, says fresh warnings sounded over moves to scrap appeals to the Privy Council should force the Government to reconsider its position.

"But the Attorney-General appears hell-bent on pursuing a particular political agenda, no matter what," says Mr Worth.

Papers released to the Institute of Chartered Accountants show Treasury officials warned the Government that its plans to cut ties with the Privy Council had not been properly costed, and should be delayed.

"But it's obvious the Government jumped the gun. Margaret WiIson has doggedly pursued her objective without proper consideration of the cost, and without proper consultation," says Mr Worth.

"Despite assuring New Zealanders of full consultation on such an important constitutional issue, any evidence to date shows it has been a sham.

"And worse, the Government's attempted to misrepresent the argument by claiming that major accounting firms neither opposed nor supported scrapping the Privy Council. The evidence shows they're against scrapping it.

"Margaret's Wilson's adopted a closed mind on this issue - an issue which must be opened up to debate," says Mr Worth.

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