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

 

A vote to keep MMP locks in an independent review

A vote to keep MMP locks in an independent review

Supporters of MMP, and supporters of a modified MMP both need to vote to keep MMP on November 26, as it locks in an independent review to make the system even better, Campaign to Keep MMP said today.

A retiring Member of Parliament, a University of Canterbury academic and others spoke during this last week about possible tweaks that could be made to the MMP voting system that New Zealand has used since 1996.

Campaign to Keep MMP spokesperson Sandra Grey said that if a majority of voters opt to keep MMP at this year’s referendum, it would lock in an independent review by the Electoral Commission to hear from the public about improvements that can be made to our current system.

“We know that aspects of MMP irk some people, who otherwise broadly support a voting system where everyone’s votes count equally, no matter where they live.”

“It’s important that not only supporters of MMP, but supporters of MMP with some tweaks, vote to keep MMP this November.”

“This will allow us to take a close look about how we can improve MMP, but not throw the baby out with the bathwater.”

All political parties in Parliament voted for the review to occur and included key issues for the voting public to comment on, such as the current thresholds to get into Parliament, and dual candidacy - where candidates stand in both an electorate and on the list, Sandra Grey said.

“The fact that there was unanimous support for the referendum and the review shows that our politicians know it is time to iron out some of the wrinkles in MMP.”

“Of course, the final say on the details of any voting system used by New Zealand – whether we are talking about the details of a proportional system like MMP or the exact application of a non-proportional system like SM – will be left with our elected representatives in Parliament. The legislated review gives us the best chance of keeping the power of our votes and making this even stronger.”

Sandra Grey said recent polling has indicated support among backers of MMP and backers of a modified MMP was around 60 per cent when combined, and her group was committed to making sure voters understood how to achieve a modified MMP this referendum.

Authorised by: Danna Glendining, Campaign for MMP, 33 Berkers Road, RD 10,
Hamilton

Ends.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Mishandling Of The Alleged Sexual Assault

The focus of Labour’s alleged sexual assault scandal has now shifted from the party organisation to the Beehive... This is now a crisis of Beehive management and response, not something occurring at a distance within the party organisation.

Presumably, the QC appointed to clarify what happened will eventually shed light on key issues. Such as: on what date prior to the publication of the original Spinoff article did the party hierarchy/PM’s office/PM’s press secretary realise they were dealing with a sexual assault allegation, and what did they do about it at that point? More>>

 

'History Rectified': Rua Kēnana To Be Pardoned

An official pardon for Tūhoe prophet and leader Rua Kēnana is one step closer after the Te Pire kia Unuhia te Hara kai Runga i a Rua Kēnana: Rua Kēnana Pardon Bill was read in Parliament for the first time today. More>>

ALSO:

Mental Health: Initial Mental Health And Wellbeing Commission Appointed

The Government has announced details of the initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission which will play a key role in driving better mental health in New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

people outside the meeting house at WaitangiEducation: NZ History To Be Taught In All Schools

“We have listened carefully to the growing calls from New Zealanders to know more about our own history and identity. With this in mind it makes sense for the National Curriculum to make clear the expectation that our history is part of the local curriculum and marau ā kura in every school and kura,” Jacinda Ardern said. More>>

ALSO:

Sexual Assault Claims Mishandled: Labour Party President Resigns

Jacinda Ardern: “This morning I was provided some of the correspondence from complainants written to the party several months ago. It confirms that the allegations made were extremely serious, that the process caused complainants additional distress, and that ultimately, in my view, the party was never equipped to appropriately deal with the issue…" More>>

ALSO:

Budget Process: Wellbeing To Be Enshrined In Law

Legislation has been introduced in Parliament to ensure every Government considers the wellbeing of New Zealanders when creating future budgets. More>>

National In China: Bridges Praises CCP, Meets Law Enforcement Head

A recent trip to China has raised questions over who the Opposition leader Simon Bridges met with and why... Anne-Marie Brady, a Canterbury University professor and expert on Chinese politics, has described Guo Shengkun as the leader of the Chinese secret police. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The SIS/GCSB’s Compliance With Torture

Torture is a crime under international law. New Zealand has signed (a) the UN convention against torture and (b) formal agreements about how armed conflict should be conducted. That’s the legal backdrop to the fascinating report released this week by the SIS Inspector-General.

ALSO:

New Strategy: Suicide Prevention Office To Drive Prevention Action

The Government has announced a Suicide Prevention Office will be established to coordinate action already underway to reduce New Zealand’s historically high rate of suicide. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels