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.
Posted on June 28, 2011, in New Zealand Politics and tagged Free Trade, New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, Russell Norman, The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.