Kōrero: Constitution

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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Simon Kneebone
Cartoon by Simon Kneebone

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Matthew Palmer, 'Constitution - Judicial limits on the executive', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/cartoon/35891/the-government-and-rights (accessed 22 November 2019)

He kōrero nā Matthew Palmer, i tāngia i te 20 Jun 2012