Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Advance NZ comments on 2005 Election outcome

Monday, 19 September 2005

Advance NZ comments on 2005 Election outcome

There is only one certainty in the wake of the 2005 General Election. The parties making up the next Government will spend the next 3 years considering their failures rather than celebrating any long-term successes for New Zealanders.

Regardless of who forms the next administration the issues our politicians have spent much of their time and a lot of our money debating over the past 6 years will still be the focus when the 2008 poll comes around.

The outcome of this election is as clear an indication of the almost equal division of our society as it is possible to gauge. The lack of commitment by any of the now incumbent parties to attack the cause of that division does not provide comfort or confidence for anyone, especially the younger generation who will be paying the cost of the new governments' failure in increased debt servicing and higher costs.

The reason for that is the failure of respective Governments to address the fundamental driver underpinning the problems. That driver is the use of a flawed and outdated mechanism to inject money into the economy in the form of interest bearing debt. Until a mechanism is adopted by Parliament that ensures capital for essential infrastructure is provided free of compounding debt, the issues of the quantity and quality of health, education and social service delivery will remain unresolved.

Changing the voting system back to first past the post, as is being promoted by some vested interests, also will not provide a solution to the economic problems that drive the issues on which people generally decide their vote. Indeed it would make a great deal of sense to extend the present proportional system by utilising single transferable voting for future elections, coupled with the use of binding referenda.

That would enable the country to be divided into say 20 electorates of 5 representatives, thus resulting in a Parliament of 100 MPs and the opportunity for voters to have a say on contentious issues between general elections. That would promote a more co-operative and progressive attitude amongst politicians and the parties and policies they stand for.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news