A marriage made in the Antipodes
December 6, 2006 11:35 PM Subscribe
The Seventh State.
An Australian federal parliamentary committee
with looking into the harmonisation of the Australian and New Zealand legal systems, has concluded
that the two countries
should work towards a full union, or at least have a single currency and common markets.
NZ's Minister for Foreign Affairs
has rubbished the idea
as "parliamentary adventurism", but the Australian constitution provides
for just such an eventuality.
One of the key hurdles
for any union would
Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand's founding document. Misinterpreted, misunderstood, and hotly debated
Tiriti has long been one of the reasons put for the difficult road facing New Zealand in becoming a republic
. Having abolished appeals to the Privy Council
adopted a new electoral system
, declared itself nuclear free
(.pdf), taken France to court
and opposed the war in Iraq
, New Zealand has
certainly embraced it's 'independence'. But a contracting sharemarket
, muddled coalition building
in government, and an increased
focus on trans-Tasman alignment
has lead some to
support the idea of a less formal separation between the two countries. However a common currency has already been
by New Zealand's Finance Minister.
What hope then
, for ANZAC
union? And does it matter, when the rest of the world can't tell us apart
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