Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Royal Succession Bill passes first reading


Hon Judith Collins
Minister of Justice

2 July 2013

Royal Succession Bill passes first reading

A Bill clearing the way for changes to laws setting out the line of Royal succession to the throne has passed its first reading in Parliament today.

The Royal Succession Bill implements changes to the rules of succession that were agreed in 2011 by the 16 Realms who share the Queen as Head of State.

Ms Collins says the changes ensure the order of succession will no longer be based on gender, allowing an elder daughter to precede a younger son as heir to the throne.

“This new rule will apply to any children in the Royal line of succession born after 28 October 2011. This means the change will apply to the child of Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, due shortly.”

The new rules will allow a person married to a Roman Catholic to become King or Queen, but will not allow a Catholic to accede to the throne. The rules requiring the Sovereign to swear an oath to maintain the Protestant religion remain.

The Bill also removes the requirement that members of the Royal family must seek the Sovereign’s permission to marry, and instead requires just the first six in line to the throne to seek consent to marry.

Ms Collins says the Bill is needed to make changes to New Zealand law because any changes to United Kingdom laws do not automatically apply here.

“I encourage anyone with an interest in the issue to have their say by making a submission to the select committee that will now consider the Bill,” Ms Collins says.


ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Mana Māori: Kawenata Unites Kaupapa Māori Parties

The Māori Party and Mana Party have signed a historic agreement today to unite Māori politically.

Māori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan said the kawenata or agreement was a huge step forward for Māori in the lead up to the general elections.

"Today is an important day for the Māori nation because today is when the country's only two kaupapa Māori political parties unite to work tactically together in the best interests of our people," says Mr Morgan. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Immigration: Short Reprieve For Nine Indian Students

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party says. More>>

EARLIER:

Welfare: WINZ Breaching Privacy Laws With WINZ Vetting Rules

E tū, the union for security guards, says WINZ may be breaching privacy laws with its new screening process for people visiting WINZ offices. The vetting requires WINZ security guards to check photo ID and whether visitors to WINZ offices have an appointment.More>>

ALSO:

Turnbull Visit: Leaders’ Talks Cement Trade Relations, Science Agreement

Mr English met with Prime Minister Turnbull in Queenstown today to discuss common approaches to bilateral and international issues, including trade and science and innovation. Mr English also thanked Mr Turnbull for Australia’s offer of support for those fighting the fires on the Port Hills in Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

Youth Guarantee: Upskilling Fund Used For Retraining

News that one in five of the people enrolling in Youth Guarantee already hold qualifications at the level they’re enrolling in highlights the failure of the scheme to reach the disengaged young people it was set up to assist, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. More>>

ALSO:

Port Hills Fire: Midday Update, Monday 20 February

• 9 homes destroyed
• 2 homes with partial damage. Damage includes things like cracked windows, heat damage.
• 3 properties with damage to other external structures e.g sheds or outbuildings More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What Trump May Mean For Us

So far not much effort has been put into tracing the possible implications for New Zealand of the stream of executive orders and tweets that have been pouring from the Oval Office. Unfortunately, we may not simply be drive-by rubberneckers at this car wreck for much longer. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news