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Muldoon and the Constitution

Margaret Clark (ed) 'Muldoon Revisited' (Dunmore Press, Palmerston North, 2004)

Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper Series Palmer Paper No. 16

49 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2013 Last revised: 23 Feb 2015

Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

This paper discusses the impact that Muldoon had on the New Zealand constitution. It explains the New Zealand unwritten constitution and considers how Muldoon's behaviour cannot be described as 'unconstitutional' in the same way that a United States politician could be so described. It evaluates Muldoon's political style, use of power, conduct of Parliament and reversal of court decisions, but also recognises Muldoon's positive impacts upon the New Zealand constitution that were achieved through the implementation of the Official Information Act 1981.

Keywords: Muldoon, New Zealand constitution

JEL Classification: K49

Suggested Citation

Palmer QC, Sir Geoffrey, Muldoon and the Constitution (2004). Margaret Clark (ed) 'Muldoon Revisited' (Dunmore Press, Palmerston North, 2004); Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper Series Palmer Paper No. 16. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2225582

Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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