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Treaty Principles Bill Again Before Parliament

29 June 2006

Let's Get It Right This Time: Treaty Principles Bill Again Before Parliament

New Zealand First MP Doug Woolerton is calling on those who claim to be genuinely committed to positive race relations in New Zealand to support his "Treaty of Waitangi Principles Deletion Bill" which has been drawn from the ballot today.

"New Zealand First has long advocated that the core of the negativity surrounding the Treaty of Waitangi lies in the nonsensical inclusion of references to the so called 'principles of the Treaty' in legislation in the 1980s,” said Mr Woolerton.

"They were never part of the original Treaty. Maori didn't ask for them, the public didn't ask for them – nobody asked for them, but meddling politicians inserted them anyway.

"Parliament now gets the chance to rectify this historical anomaly. With Labour committed through our supply and confidence agreement to supporting this to select committee, and most other parties having already supported this Bill when it was last before parliament, I am confident that we can now have the discussion that we, as a nation, need to have.

"This festering sore in our race relations will not end until we lance it. Maori have nothing to fear from the removal of these nebulous Treaty principles. It will speed up the historical claims process and remove much of the waffle which has emerged in the public service over these so-called principles.

"In short – we will bring the gravy train to a halt, and not before time,” concluded Mr Woolerton.


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