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RSA Should Defend Freedom

RSA Should Defend Freedom

I hope the national Returned Servicemen's Association joins sports organisers, school trustees, employers and others burdened by the Government's nanny state risk aversion, ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks said today.

"The RSA should rise up in revolt at even being asked for a `professional traffic management plan' for an ANZAC Day parade," Mr Franks said.

"Labour's victim culture and bubble-wrap rules have crept in like a fog, and are stifling our `can do' spirit. Affected individuals and organisations are silenced by `safety first' slogans from Ministers, who take no account of the cultural cost of trying to eliminate risks from life.

"Education Minister Trevor Mallard slammed the Principals' Association for `over-reacting'. His sub message was `they don't care about kids'. But kids are probably at greater risk after a bubble-wrapped childhood than when they were led off the tarmac by well-meaning parents and other non-professionals.

"Who better than the RSA to crusade against the loss of the New Zealand culture their members were prepared to fight for?

"I know what my late father - an Alamein and Cassino veteran, and a former local councillor - would have thought of being asked for a professional traffic management plan for his ANZAC parade.

"The RSA doesn't even need to abandon its recent claims of being `non-political'. The last government was nearly as bad as the current one for putting red tape powers in the hands of lawyers, judges and bureaucrats who don't have to count the true costs of their rules," Mr Franks said.

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