Why are we wasting time passing this law?

Apparently, who would have known except political tragics like David Farrar, we are currently progressing a bill that gives older royal sisters precedence to the throne over younger brothers and it should also remove impediments to gay and lesbian monarchs.

I mean WTF?

This is more important that adopting Jami-lee Ross’ members bill, or removing Part 6A altogether, or abolishing the role of affiliates in political parties, or banning any entity other than natural persons from joining, and/or donating to political parties?

A law before Parliament giving older royal sisters precedence to the throne over younger brothers should also remove impediments to gay and lesbian monarchs, a select committee heard yesterday.

New Zealand is one of 16 countries of which Queen Elizabeth II is the monarch that are changing their succession laws.

Law lecturer Dean Knight, appearing for the Republican Movement of Aotearoa, said while the Royal Succession Bill removed gender discrimination, it still contained many discriminatory features that were “inconsistent with Kiwi values”.

The bill removes the ban on the monarch marrying a Catholic but the monarch could still not be a Catholic or of any faith other than the Church of England.

Mr Knight said it also effectively continued a discrimination against a gay or lesbian monarch because any marriage (of the next six in line to the throne) required the consent of the reigning monarch.

“There is an effective continuation of discrimination against them. The consent provisions around marriage are likely to present an impediment to gay and lesbian couples if they are in the line of succession becoming monarchs.”

Even Farrar, a republican got in on the act.

National Party member and blogger David Farrar also appeared for the Republican Movement and asked the committee to consider amending the bill allowing the monarch to be a member of any religion.

He said there was limited ability for the New Zealand monarchy, which is what the bill was about, to actually reflect what Kiwis wanted.

“If we were designing a New Zealand monarchy based on the heirs of Colin Meads, for example, we would not have a religious prohibition.”

It would fit much better the values that New Zealand had.

What an astonishing waste of time, money and resources. Right no the Monarchy is the best system for our head of state. Though I am a republican, I will only support the removal of the monarchy when two factors are confirmed. That is that both Helen Clark and Jim Bolger are dead.

I don;t think anyone wants to see President Clark anytime soon.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.