In 20th-century New Zealand the cabinet grew to hold great power and dominate the House of Representatives. An early example of the extent to which Parliament delegated power to cabinet was the Public Safety Conservation Act 1932. This gave cabinet the power to proclaim a state of emergency and make any regulations necessary to prohibit acts that it believed could compromise public safety. This power was first used at the outbreak of the Second World War, and was used aggressively during the 1951 waterfront dispute. The act was repealed in 1987, during a period in which the power of cabinet was curtailed. The repeal act was an innocuous two-clause document.
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Reference: New Zealand Statutes, 1997, p. 2547
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