In 1976, then-Prime Minister Robert Muldoon’s announcement, via media release, that the Labour Party’s compulsory national superannuation scheme was suspended was held to be unlawful, as statutory laws could be suspended or amended only by Parliament.
The Education Department clerk who challenged Muldoon was 28 year old Paul Fitzgerald. Invoking the 1688 Bill of Rights, Fitzgerald won.
Now, 40 years later, the Bill of Rights is making headlines in the UK as their PM Theresa May appeals a ruling forcing her to give Parliament a vote on the plans for Brexit.
Watch the notorious 1975 political advertisement in which National Party leader Rob Muldoon targets the Labour Government’s superannuation scheme, associating it with communism via a troupe of dancing Cossacks.