The Greens have released advice from the Ministry of Justice confirming that the Government’s rushed RMA changes will prevent legitimate cases going to court and undermine fundamental justice rights.
According to the leaked cabinet paper:
‘the [financial] risks associated with security of costs can act as a barrier for those with legitimate cases but little money’.
‘Ministry of Justice and other officials consider the appeal right is a fundamental right, there has been insufficient time to consider the implications of this option, and it should be considered at phase two’.
So, that’s sorted then. The Government is limiting the ability of ordinary Kiwis to have their say over developments in their communities in order to make life easier for big developers. So much for democracy, eh?