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The Right Honourable Sir Geoffrey Winston Russell Palmer, AC, KCMG (born 21 April 1942), served as Prime Minister of New Zealand from August 1989 until September 1990, leading the Labour Party. He was responsible for considerable reforms of the country's legal and constitutional framework, such as the creation of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act. The Order of Australia is an order of chivalry established by Queen Elizabeth II on February 14, 1975 for the purpose of according recognition to Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or for meritorious service. The Order includes three classes in general and military divisions, in descending order of... On the Orders insignia, St Michael is often depicted subduing Satan. ... April 21 is the 111th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (112th in leap years). ... This article is about the year. ... The Prime Minister of New Zealand is New Zealands head of government and is the leader of the party or coalition with majority support in the Parliament of New Zealand. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... The New Zealand Labour Party is a New Zealand political party. ...


Palmer was born in Nelson and attended Nelson Central School and Nelson College. At Victoria University of Wellington, he studied both political science and law, and was granted permission to practice law in 1965. After working for a time in Wellington, he attended the University of Chicago's law school, gaining a doctorate of law in 1967. He taught for a time at the University of Iowa and the University of Virginia, and undertook consultancy work for the Australian government. Eventually, in 1974, he was appointed to a professorship of law at Victoria University of Wellington, bringing him back to New Zealand again. The city of Nelson stands on the eastern side of Tasman Bay at the northern end of the South Island of New Zealand. ... Nelson College is the oldest state secular secondary school in New Zealand founded on April 7, 1856 in Nelson, New Zealand. ... Victoria University of Wellington is the oldest university in Wellington, New Zealand, established in 1897 as the fifth constituent college of the University of New Zealand by an Act of Parliament. ... Political science is a social science discipline that deals with the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behavior. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Law Law topics overview List of areas of law List of legal topics List of legal terms List of jurists List of legal abbreviations List of case law lists List of law firms Further reading Cheyenne Way: Conflict & Case Law in Primitive Jurisprudence, Karl... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ... The University of Chicago is a private co-educational university located in Chicago, Illinois, founded in 1890, doors opened in 1892. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Old Cap or Old Capitol Building, Iowas first state capitol building and a university landmark. ... Website Virginia. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ...


In 1979, Palmer was elected to parliament, having stood as the Labour Party candidate for Christchurch Central electorate. He eventually became deputy Leader of the Opposition in 1983. When, in 1984, the Labour Party won the general elections, Palmer became Deputy Prime Minister. He also became Attorney-General and Minister of Justice. After the 1987 elections, when Labour was reelected, he also became Minister of the Environment, an area in which he took personal interest. This page refers to the year 1979. ... For other uses, see Christchurch (disambiguation). ... The Leader of the Opposition is a title traditionally held by the leader of the largest party not in government in a Westminster System of parliamentary government. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1984 New Zealand general election was a nationwide vote to determine the shape of the New Zealand Parliament. ... The Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand is second most senior officer in the Government of New Zealand, although this seniority does not necessarily translate into power. ... The 1987 New Zealand general election was a nationwide vote to determine the shape of the New Zealand Parliament. ...


The most notable feature of New Zealand politics at the time was the economic reform promoted by the Finance Minister, Roger Douglas. Douglas was advancing free market monetarist policies involving extensive privatization of state assets and the removal of tariffs and subsidies. These policies, which contravened Labour's basic policy platform and campaign promises, were deeply unpopular with the public, and resulted in a confrontation between Prime Minister David Lange and Roger Douglas. Eventually, Douglas was removed from Cabinet, but the dispute had weakened Lange enough that he resigned a month later. Palmer, being deputy leader, took over as Prime Minister. The Minister of Finance is a senior figure within the government of New Zealand. ... Sir Roger Douglas is a former New Zealand politician and senior Cabinet minister, best known for his leading role in the radical economic restructuring undertaken by the New Zealand Labour Party government in the 1980s. ... A free market is an idealized market, where all economic decisions and actions by individuals regarding transfer of money, goods, and services are voluntary, and are therefore devoid of coercion and theft (some definitions of coercion are inclusive of theft). Colloquially and loosely, a free market economy is an economy... Monetarism is a set of views concerning the determination of national income and monetary economics. ... Privatization (sometimes privatisation, denationalization, or, especially in India, disinvestment) is the process of transferring property, from public ownership to private ownership and/or transferring the management of a service or activity from the government to the private sector. ... A tariff is a tax on imported goods. ... This article contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... The Right Honourable David Russell Lange (pronounced Long-ee), CH, ONZ (4 August 1942 Thames, New Zealand – 13 August 2005 Auckland, New Zealand), served as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1984 to 1989. ... The New Zealand Cabinet is, in practice, the highest body of the New Zealand governments executive branch. ...


Palmer, however, was perceived by the public as being too closely involved in Douglas's reforms. Of particular concern to many people was his work on the legal aspects of state sector rearrangement, such as his preparation of the State Owned Enterprises Act. The presence of David Caygill (a Douglas ally) as Minister of Finance further compounded perception that Palmer was doing nothing to address public concerns. The only area in which Palmer won praise from traditional left-wing supporters was in his handling of the Environment portfolio, which he kept when he became Prime Minister — it was his work here that eventually led to the creation of the Resource Management Act. David Caygill is a former New Zealand politician. ... The Resource Management Act (RMA) is an important Act of Parliament passed in 1991 in New Zealand. ...


Two months before the 1990 elections, it was clear that Labour would not win. The perceived damage done by Roger Douglas's reforms, as well as Palmer's perceived failure to address the issue, had caused too many Labour supporters to abandon the party. In addition, Palmer was perceived as being too academic and aloof, reminding people of the paternalistic "we know best" attitude that Douglas was accused of. Palmer was replaced by Mike Moore, who Labour believed would give it a better chance of winning. The attempt failed, however, losing the biggest landslide of an incumbent in New Zealand History to the National Party under Jim Bolger. This article is about the year. ... Traditional cultural paternalism: Father Junipero Serra in a modern portrayal at Mission San Juan Capistrano, California Paternalism often refers to the hierarchic pattern of the family applied as a paradigm to state policy; it also can refer to paternalistic attitudes and actions by individuals and non-state institutions. ... This page is about the New Zealand politician and Director-General of the World Trade Organisation. ... Current National Party logo The New Zealand National Party currently forms the second-largest (in terms of seats) political party in the New Zealand Parliament, and thus functions as the core of the Opposition. ... The Right Honourable James Brendan Jim Bolger, ONZ, (born 31 May 1935) was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1990 to 1997. ...


Palmer was created a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George in 1991. On the Orders insignia, St Michael is often depicted subduing Satan. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Palmer, who retired at that same election, later went on to serve as Professor of Law at Victoria University again. He also held a position as Professor of Law at the University of Iowa, and worked for a time as a law consultant. In 1994, he established Chen Palmer & Partners, a law firm he began with Wellington lawyer Mai Chen. In December 2002, Palmer was appointed to be New Zealand's representative to the International Whaling Commission (IWC). 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... Chen Palmer & Partners is a New Zealand law firm. ... Mai Chen is a New Zealand lawyer and government advisor. ... 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The International Whaling Commission (IWC) was set up by the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling on December 2, 1946 with a headquarters in Cambridge, England. ...


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Preceded by: David Lange (1989-1990) Succeeded by: Mike Moore
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Geoffrey Palmer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (733 words)
Palmer was born in Nelson and attended Nelson Central School and Nelson College.
In 1979, Palmer was elected to parliament, having stood as the Labour Party candidate for Christchurch Central electorate.
Palmer was created a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George in 1991.
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