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Peters' Treaty Principles Bill Before House

10 February 2005

Peters' Treaty Principles Bill Before House

Parliament now has a chance to remove the foolishness of the so-called “principles of the Treaty” from all legislation and derail the Treaty gravy train forever, says New Zealand First leader, Rt Hon Winston Peters.

Mr Peters was responding to the news today that his private members bill aimed at removing Treaty “principles” from the statute books had been drawn from the ballot and would be debated in the House.

“While some politicians make noises about these Treaty “principles” we have actually done the one thing which was required – we drafted a Bill which will see them removed.

“No longer will New Zealanders have to deal with the uncertainty and disquiet that these principles have created.

“This is truly a great day for everyone as it is the beginning of a process which will see them freed from this highly expensive shackle of political correctness. “

Mr Peters appealed to all MPs to cast aside their differences and show they are prepared to create a society in which one rule of law applies equally to all.

“The chance has arrived to derail the Treaty gravy train and to end the grievance industry. This year could be remembered as the time New Zealanders decided they were truly one, unified people.

“This will not disadvantage Maori. It will lift the shroud of the past from their shoulders and free them to face the future.

“The only groups to miss out will be the malcontents and the Treaty travellers whose trotters will be out of the public trough,” said Mr Peters.


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