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. 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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