Story: Constitution

Public Safety Conservation Act Repeal Act 1987

Public Safety Conservation Act Repeal Act 1987

In 20th-century New Zealand the cabinet came to hold great power and dominate the House of Representatives. An early example of the extent to which Parliament delegated power to cabinet was the Public Safety Conservation Act 1932. This gave cabinet the power to proclaim a state of emergency and make any regulations necessary to prohibit acts that it believed could compromise public safety. This power was first used at the outbreak of the Second World War, and it was used aggressively during the 1951 waterfront dispute. The act was repealed in 1987, during a period in which the power of cabinet was curtailed. The repeal act was a simple two-clause document.

Using this item

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Reference: New Zealand Statutes, 1997, p. 2547

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Matthew Palmer, 'Constitution - The rise and bridling of executive power', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2021)

Story by Matthew Palmer, published 20 Jun 2012