Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Dump the Treaty

POLICY RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

"The Treaty of Waitangi has become an instrument of apartheid and should be dumped." That is the view of Libertarianz leader and broadcaster Lindsay Perigo, and that is the policy of his party, reconfirmed today. "It is touted as the founding document of the nation," he says, "yet it was never intended to have such a grandiose status and should not be accorded it now."

"As a founding document, it is woefully inadequate. There is too much that it doesn't say, and what it does say is capable of contradictory interpretations. These ambiguities have permitted the creation of a grievance gravy train costing thousands of millions of dollars and engendering the very tribalism, apartheid and racial hatred the original treaty was intended to avoid."

"The document that was supposed to render all of us British subjects, with the rights & privileges thereof, is now being invoked to implement apartheid - with the explicit sanction of the Minister of Justice. The Treaty that did bring peace in 1840 has raised the spectre of civil war in 2000."

"This must stop. There is no point in repairing to the Treaty - it is ambiguous, however clear the signatories may have been as to what they were signing - and it raises questions which ultimately, in terms of the Treaty itself, are unanswerable."

"It is time to set all of this aside and not to relitigate the past, time to put a REAL founding document in place. Libertarianz propose to do exactly that by introducing a new constitution that supersedes the Treaty of Waitangi & any other quasi-constitutional documents."

Watch this space.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Zimbabwe: New Democracy, Or A False Dawn?

Gordon Campbell: Robert Mugabe = Hosni Mubarak. The current jubilation on the streets of Harare at the fall of Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe is genuine, and one hates to be negative about the country’s future. Yet the situation is eerily similar to the scenes in Cairo in early 2011, when a popular uprising swept Hosni Mubarak from power in Egypt. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election