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The government and rights

The government and rights

If the government infringes the civil and political rights and freedoms in the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 it can be sued in court. However, if the infringement is authorised by legislation the judiciary cannot strike down that infringement. As the senior law officer of the Crown, the attorney general (a government minister) is responsible for the government's application of the law. This cartoon mocks this office's role, by suggesting that concerns outside the legal realm may influence decision-making.

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Matthew Palmer, 'Constitution - Judicial limits on the executive', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/cartoon/35891/the-government-and-rights (accessed 18 October 2019)

Story by Matthew Palmer, published 20 Jun 2012