Another Step Toward Tyranny
"Last week marked the abolition of article 14 of the Bill of Rights Act 1990," Libertarianz spokesman Richard McGrath said today. "Judge Roderick Joyce has made it clear that council bylaws can override the freedom of expression guaranteed in the Act."
Libertarianz drew attention to a court case in which Auckland man Ike FInau was stopped from erecting a political sign in the front yard of his own property.
"Article 14 of our Bill of Rights confirms the right for anyone to impart information and opinions of any kind, in any form," McGrath explained.
"Obviously Geoffrey Palmer forgot to put in the words 'subject to council or government approval, and not including signs in your front yard' when he crafted the Act," he said.
"Thankfully Judge Joyce has cleared up this misunderstanding. Now it is clear that our 'rights' are negotiable and arbitrary, and can be snuffed out at will by judges and politicians."
Libertarianz policy is to abolish all laws, including council bylaws, incompatible with those provisions in the Bill of Rights Act which uphold individual rights.
"Government should fear the people - not the other way around," McGrath added.