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Will Of The People Ignored

14 September 2006

Will Of The People Ignored

The decision of the Justice and Electoral Select Committee not to proceed with my Bill to reduce the number of MPs to 100 highlights the folly of allowing self interested MPs to make decisions about their future, says New Zealand First MP Barbara Stewart.

“Despite overwhelming public support for this change, as evidenced by the submissions made to the Select Committee on the Bill, members on the Select Committee displayed total arrogance in ignoring their views and promoting their own agenda.

“The number of members in our parliament is a central feature of our democracy and as such MPs simply should not ignore the weight of public opinion agitating for change. It is after all their democracy.

“Yet, as the Select Committee report demonstrates, some members are unable to rise above their own self interest and accept the will of the people.

“While I am disappointed that the Select Committee report has recommended the end of my Bill, New Zealand First will not give up this fight. On this issue, Parliament really should have listened to the People,” said Mrs Stewart.

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