The End Of The Line For The Treaty Gravy Train?
Gerry Brownlee MP
National Party Maori Affairs
10 February 2004
Is it the end of the line for
the Treaty gravy train?
"There must be one law for all
New Zealanders regardless of race, and National will be
pleased to support Winston Peters' Treaty principles bill to
select committee," says National Party Maori Affairs
spokesman Gerry Brownlee.
"At Orewa last year, Don Brash
signalled National's intention to remove divisive race-based
clauses from legislation.
"We're delighted that Parliament
now has the opportunity to discuss the 'principles', which
are scattered like confetti through our statutes.
bill will expose the Labour Party's duplicit dealings with
the public over Treaty matters and the ineptitude of Race
Relations Minister Trevor Mallard who has refused to get on
top of this problem. "Only at the weekend, the Deputy
Prime Minister repeated Labour's view that it sees no end in
sight to the Treaty grievance process.
all historical Treaty claims to be filed by the end of 2006,
with 2010 the deadline for settlements.
cannot move ahead if it is constantly looking in the rear
vision mirror. Labour continues to inject the 'principles'
into our laws, even though it can't tell us what they
"Only National can deliver real change,"
says Mr Brownlee.
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