Thursday, December 14, 2006


The final list of bills before select committees is out, and it has an interesting surprise: Doug Woolerton's excreble Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi Deletion Bill has been delayed until December 2007. Which effectively means it is dead and buried. As someone who submitted against the bill, I'm very pleased. Unfortunately I don't think New Zealand First will get the message and give up - but OTOH, if we're lucky they won't be around after the next election anyway.


In a strange way if the Deletion Bill had become law it may have caused the Treaty to rise above its current status in terms of effect given to it by the courts (although certainly not the intention of the troglodytes promoting it).

At present it enjoys less status than other international Treaties in the eyes of our courts, thus it may have been legitimate (and even realistic) for the courts to depart from that "no effect unless incorporated" mantra if it did not appear sporadically throughout our statute book. Basically implying a Treaty clause in its absence in all Acts.

If the courts were brave enough to so act (if the Bill became law), I would personally love to be the one to tell Woollerton the 'bad news', and that neither he nor Parliament has the ability erase our 'inconvenient' history.

Posted by james cairney : 12/14/2006 05:36:00 PM