On Wednesday, Maori Party leader Tariana Turiana spoke in Parliament on the repeal of the sedition laws.
Unfortunately I’m not sure if she was for it or agin’ it.
Tena koe, tena tatou katoa.
Mr Speaker, nothing in this House is a matter of chance.
We in the Maori Party had to wonder then, why it was today, of all days, that the minority Government has deemed it so, that the Parliament must deal, in rapid succession, with Acts to do with:
Armed forces, court martials and defence.
As any keen historian would know, today, October 24, marks the 90th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution; which overthrew the Russian Provisional Government and was followed by civil war.
That revolution was led by the Bolsheviks, the Left Socialist Revolutionaries and anarchists; with troops commencing their takeover of government buildings on October 24.
Mr Speaker, far be it for me to draw any comparison between the October Uprising of 1917 and the events of Aotearoa in the last few weeks, but I do have to wonder at the sudden cause for timing, in placing these Bills at the top of the order paper.
What do you think?