Legal Beagle by Graeme Edgeler

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Legal Beagle: Spun Off: New Zealand's other most racist law

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  • Rich of Observationz,

    For historical context, this was a fairly common thing: before 1949, the then British empire had a common citizenship and most* people born in any colony were citizens of the whole. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_subject. Those people all got stripped of their British nationality as their countries became independent, and then Britain went on to strip that nationality from all the other (non-white) people in countries that they *did* continue ruling, like Hong Kong.

    * Not Indians who were subjects of the indirectly ruled "princely states" which covered a large chunk of India. Probably not Egyptians, given that Britain was nominally suzerain there.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

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