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ACT Party on the report of the Constitutional Advisory Panel

ACT Party on the report of the Constitutional Advisory Panel

Friday, 6 December 2013, 8:47 am

Press Release: ACT New Zealand

“The ACT Party welcomes the recommendation of the Constitutional Advisory Panel to review the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act and to include the protection of property rights into the NZBOR Act”  ACT Party spokesman on constitutional issues Robin Grieve said today.

“Well-defined and enforced property rights provide the basis for the sense of self, peaceful
cooperative coexistence, liberty, prosperity and conservation.

“The New Zealand Bill of Rights Act does not acknowledge currently any human right to the quiet enjoyment of one’s possessions, let alone to private property in general.

“Property rights are affirmed in New Zealand’s common law, with the Public Works Act 1981 but the Resource Management Act 1991 allows possibly ephemeral political majorities to dictate, within limits, the use to which private land is put without the consent of landowners and without compensation.`

“The ACT Party believes this is a tension which could be resolved by including the right to the quiet enjoyment of one’s possessions into the NZBORA.” Mr Grieve said

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