The law (of NZ) according to Kafka
Posted by Clare Curran on May 21st, 2013
The world’s gone mad! I hear that a lot. Now I’m starting to believe it.
In our own parliament there are a series of laws being introduced (under urgency) which are not able to be properly
scrutinised because the advice from officials about their impact is apparently too sensitive for us mere mortals to
behold. The long term ramifications of this are not good for our rights as citizens; our privacy and our ability to
trust our government.
Andrew Geddis has written eloquently about this, in particular with regard to a law passed at the weekend which laid out
the (deeply inadequate) terms upon which carers could be paid to care for severely disabled family members. The basis of
the legislation is highly questionable but the ability to debate that and any legal risks has been curtailed by the
removal (or redaction) of this important official advice from the publicly released Regulatory Impact Statement (or
RIS). Keith Ng at Public Address said much the same thing only in less words and in more colourful language.
There has been a growing and disturbing pattern emerging in this government to blatantly redact important information
from publicly available documents. The removal of important information from a Regulatory Impact Statement reaches new
heights however as it effectively nobbles the Opposition members of parliament in being able to debate and vote on the
law in our parliament.
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