ACT Will Not Support Oaths and Declarations Amendment Bill
ACT Will Not Support Oaths and Declarations
Press Release by ACT Leader John
Wednesday, November 7 2012
ACT will not
support Te Ururoa Flavell’s Oaths and Declarations
(Upholding the Treaty of Waitangi) Amendment Bill, ACT
Leader John Banks said today.
“An oath of allegiance is
defined as ‘an oath whereby a subject or citizen
acknowledges a duty of allegiance and swears loyalty to
monarch or country’. In republics, modern oaths specify
allegiance to the country's constitution,” Mr Banks
“ACT regards the Treaty of Waitangi as a
significant constitutional document. However, New Zealand
is a constitutional monarchy not a republic, and, as such,
all oaths of allegiance are to a person or to the country
and not to constitutional documents.
allegiance to the sovereign, an individual is already making
a pledge to uphold the country’s entire constitutional
framework, of which the Treaty of Waitangi is a part. It is
therefore unnecessary to single out one particular document.
“It is for this reason that ACT will not be supporting
Mr Flavell’s bill,” Mr Banks said.
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