Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More
Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Nats Bill Says People Should Decide On MMP

National's Bill Gives Power To The People On Electoral Reform

National is going to give New Zealanders the chance to vote for or against MMP once and for all.

Leader of the Opposition Jenny Shipley today lodged a Private Members Bill giving New Zealanders a direct say on the future of MMP.

"National believes New Zealanders need to own their electoral system by either confirming the status quo or signalling their desire for change. We want to give them that opportunity.

"This Bill is about National fulfilling our promise to give New Zealanders the chance to have their say on the future of our electoral system.

"Many New Zealanders believed they were going to have a second opportunity to vote on this issue.

"It was National's election policy last year to have two referenda on the electoral system. We sought the Labour-Alliance Government's agreement on that earlier this year but they refused to let New Zealanders make the decision for themselves," Mrs Shipley said.

The Electoral Options Referenda Bill proposes two referenda on the electoral system. The first establishes whether New Zealanders are happy with MMP or want a change and if so, what option they would prefer. In the event the majority want a change from MMP, a second referendum pits MMP against the most favoured alternative system.

"As I said at the time the MMP Review was announced, the process has been soured by the Government's refusal to specifically guarantee a referendum at the conclusion of the review process. If the committee recommends that the 1992/93 referenda be rerun we would be very willing to co-operate with the Government.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

"The fact is that the public expected the chance to have a say on the success, or otherwise, of MMP when they voted for electoral change in 1993. New Zealanders should be entitled to that democratic say.

"New Zealand's electoral system is the people's, not the politicians', and Parliament must recognise that. My Private Members Bill will ensure everyone has a say via two referenda," Mrs Shipley said.

Ends

A printable formatted copy of this press release will be available on http://www.national.org.nz along with an archive of previous releases.


© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On National Spreading Panic About The Economy


The lure for New Zealand to join the AUKUS military alliance is that membership of only its “second pillar” will still (supposedly) give us access to state of the art military technologies. As top US official Kurt Campbell said during his visit to Wellington a year ago:
...We've been gratified by how many countries want to join with us to work with cutting-edge technologies like in the cyber arena, hypersonics, you can go down a long list and it's great to hear that New Zealand is interested...
More


 
 


Government: Retiring Chief Of Navy Thanked For His Service

Defence Minister Judith Collins has thanked the Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Proctor, for his service as he retires from the Royal New Zealand Navy after 37 years. Rear Admiral Proctor will retire on 16 May to take up an employment opportunity in Australia... More


Labour: Grant Robertson To Retire From Parliament
Labour List MP and former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson will retire from Parliament next month, and later in the year take up the position of Vice Chancellor of the University of Otago... More

Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said... More


Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996... More

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels


 
 
 
 

Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.