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Muriel Newman discusses the perceived radicalization of the leftwing parties in Parliament. From controversial statements made at rallies to threats that “all hell would break loose,” if the Government attempts a referendum on Treaty Principles as promised by the ACT Party. Newman suggests that opposition to this referendum is driven by a desire to maintain the status quo of tribal rule and separatist policies.
Newman says it is fortunate that most Māori do not buy into the agenda of radical separatism.
She says most Māori have the same aspirations as everyone else and simply want to build a better life for themselves and their families.
“And it’s long past time that we stopped isolating them through separate race-based laws and practices and began treating them as the equals they are,” she says.