The BoP Times reports:
A war of words has erupted between former and current local National Party MPs over a controversial potential new law.
Former MP Bob Clarkson has accused current Tauranga MP Simon Bridges of toeing the party line over the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill, while Mr Bridges has said Mr Clarkson “doesn’t much like dealing with complicated issues like this”.
Mr Clarkson also said he tried regaining National’s Tauranga candidacy this year partly to stop the controversial foreshore legislation reaching law.
Bob is only one year older than Jim Anderton, so must be inspired by him.
I’m pretty confident that Simon’s majority will remain in the five figure range. He is extremely popular in Tauranga.
The Marine and Coastal Areas Bill is generating a significant level of angst – especially in provincial cities and towns.
The fact that Hone and others are campaigning against it, because they thinks the test for customary title are far too tough, indicates to me that the balance is about right.
As the NZ Herald reported, the actual difference in positions between National, ACT and Labour are not in fact great – they agree on a lot more than they disagree.
One major point of difference is that ACT believe the courts should set the test for customary title. This is an entirely legitimate view. What isn’t mentioned is that it is quite possible the courts (and it would probable y eventually be a decision of the Supreme Court lead by Chief Justice Elias) would set an easier test for customary title.