Let RSA choose which New Zealand flag to fly
Internal Affairs Spokesperson
2014 MEDIA STATEMENT
choose which New Zealand flag to fly
supporting suggestions a referendum be held to determine
whether the New Zealand flag should be changed.
Internal Affairs spokesperson Trevor Mallard says the time
has come for a change.
“It is right for the issue to be
put to the public.
“I would however support the ability
of the RSA and similar organisations to continue to fly the
current flag if they so wish.
“We changed our national
anthem from ‘God Save the Queen’ on a gradual, optional
basis and I think that process worked,” Trevor Mallard
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>