Should the Bill of Rights be supreme law?

A petition at Parliament asks:

That the House of Representatives conduct a binding referendum to determine if the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 should be made supreme law.

I support this petition. Such a change should be made by referendum. And I lean towards supporting it, as too often we have seen Government ram through law changes without consultation that affect our rights.

My preferred model would be Canada where the Supreme Court can strike down a law, but Parliament can over-ride it for a period of five years, if it explicitly chooses to do so. The Federal Parliament has never used the clause as there is political odium in doing so.

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