Let’s Just Make It Illegal

Rodney Hide has claimed that a proposed change to the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill to prevent Maori from charging for beach access is a “win” for ACT.

“I’ve never seen a new MP achieve a major policy win on behalf of all New Zealanders on their first day. It’s a stunning achievement for Hilary Calvert and the ACT Party,” Mr Hide said.

“Attorney-General Hon Chris Finlayson today confirmed that he would support Hilary’s amendment to the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill to specifically prohibit customary title holders from charging for public access to the beach.

Stunning indeed. Even if, according to Attorney General Chris Finlayson (who knows more than most about what is in the Bill), the Bill already doesn’t permit customary title holders to charge for beach access.

And even if Rodney Hide’s clam of “one law for all” looks ever more suspect, because private titleholders are under no such restrictions.

But the latest Roy Morgan poll shows that ACT are in freefall. They will need more wins than this if they are to survive past the next election, and will need another stunning policy success. Luckily for ACT, I have an idea.

The Government continues to focus on law and order issues. So it should not be too difficult to convince National that the Crimes Act should be amended to make it clear, for the avoidance of doubt, that murder is a crime.

What better way to demonstrate to the public that ACT is keeping ordinary hard-working New Zealanders safe?

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