An Attorney-General and Treaty Negotiations Minister with more backbone is desperately needed. A bloke like Alf.
Fair to say, Alf did volunteer his services to The Boss before the Cabinet was selected after the last election. John Key said the job required a greater knowledge of legal stuff than Alf’s regular viewing a few years back of Rumpole and, more recently, Boston Legal.
Chris Finlayson was his choice.
A dubious one, as things are turning out.
Alf observes that the Government’s proposals to replace the Foreshore and Seabed Act ran into opposition at the very first meeting on the issue.
Mr Finlayson was attending a hui in Picton, the first of 22 meetings to be held throughout the country.
Maori attending the hui at Waikawa Marae raised concerns about having to prove customary rights in the Government’s preferred option.
It seems several iwi representatives said that they should not have to prove their rights and that customary rights should be restored to what they were before the legislation was changed.
So what’s the next thing we learn?
Fasten your seat belts, folks.
TV3 told us last night –
The Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson has made some major concessions tonight on the Government’s proposals on the foreshore and seabed.
One bloody meeting so far with a few stroppy Maori, a few objections raised, and Finlayson is making bloody concessions?
What sort of shape will we be in at the end of the consultation process?