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Constitutional Review a Joke

News Release

Republic of New Zealand Party

Friday 16 March 2012

For Immediate Release

Constitutional Review a Joke


John Key’s Constitutional Review set up under the chairmanship of Pita Sharples is a joke that panders to Maori preference and abuses the democratic rights of other Kiwi citizens, says Republic of New Zealand Party spokesman, Kerry Bevin.

“Like all wannabes, the Prime Minister reveals his ignorance, obsequiousness and self-interest yet again. He wants a knighthood too along with other Treaty antediluvians.”

To prescribe a review that does not envision New Zealand as a completely self-determining Republic is looking backwards to 1840, not forwards to 2040 when all Kiwis will demand equality in law under a new written Constitution, he said.

“Now that Treaty settlements are well advanced, we need to abolish the Maori seats before other silly separatists start running around in the bush with guns. What are we going to have next……… Chinese seats?”

Commenting on the visit here by Prince Charles, scheduled for later this year, Mr Bevin said it is a joke.

“Is the Prime Minister going to barbecue Charles sausages or shout him an expensive dinner which we’ll pay for? Well he is divine you know and when he becomes King he will be our Head of State and head of the Anglican Church.”

Mr Bevin said that royalist sycophants need to catch the next plane for London, taking the Governor General with them.

“These fossils are holding us all back. They really are a joke.”

Mr Bevin invites citizens to the Second Constitutional Conference for Revolutionary Reform on Saturday 17 March 2012 at the Methodist Hall Upper Pitt Street Auckland. It starts at 10.00am

Republic of New Zealand Party policy is to progress New Zealand to a modern democratic Republic with a new written Constitution that protects human rights and protocols for all Kiwi citizens in a secular society.

Mr Bevin said that racially based representation in Parliament will be abolished, an elected leader will be President and Head of State for two terms only and we’ll have home grown symbols of our nationhood including a new flag and a unique New Zealand honours system.

Mr Bevin said that in the interests of Direct Democracy he favours a parliament of 99 elected representatives.

A Republic of New Zealand Party Government will promote binding referenda and local initiatives with the threshold set at 66 per cent.

A referendum on the Republic of New Zealand, Aotearoa will be set for 2017, Mr Bevin said.

ENDS


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