Race relations dominated today's ACT party conference with one delegate suggesting the party should introduce a policy to ''shoot the natives.''This is a naive policy that won't inspire ACT's members. The party is hot on property rights. Why would you shoot people that can (with some minimal effort) be turned into cash-earning chattels?
The comment came as guest speaker Don Brash outlined why he thought the Treaty of Waitangi was ahead of its time.
''I'm not someone who wants to scrap the Treaty. I think it's a fantastic document. It was a move that was well ahead of it's time. ''In 1840, when the British colonial power arrived in Australia...[the policy] was to shoot the natives.''
One member piped up: ''Lets bring it back.'' The remark was met with a groan.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
This Won't Work
Stuff reports on a new ACT initiative to recapture lost votes on the right.