Does Russell Norman understand our political system?

An article on 3 News today gives Green Party co-leader Russell Norman saying that if we sign Free Trade deals, we’re allowing corporates to take our Government to court over legislation passed in New Zealand that they don’t like.

I would question if Dr. Norman understands our political system, given these comments. New Zealand has a system of Parliamentary Sovereignty. Parliament is the highest authority in New Zealand, so if Parliament says something, it goes. That is a doctrine that even changed the way we wrote our Bill of Rights. It means we cannot entrench legislation, because no Parliament can stop another Parliament from making a decision or passing legislation. There is nothing that can be done to stop Parliament passing a piece of legislation. If it’s done outside of Parliament, we end up with Fitzgerald v Muldoon, but if it’s done within Parliament, there’s nothing to courts can do about it.


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Posted on June 28, 2011, in New Zealand Politics and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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