Parliament

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

 

National Objects To Anti-Democratic MMP Report

National strongly objects to the conclusions of a select committee on MMP which favour sticking to the status quo and exclude allowing the public to have a say on the future of MMP.

"This report is clearly a case of MPs from some political parties putting their own interests ahead of the interests of the public," Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley said today.

"I am especially concerned by the committee's rejection of a further referendum on the future of MMP. The select committee's own research showed that 76% of New Zealander's endorsed National's policy of letting the people, not the Parliament, decide the future of MMP.

"New Zealanders believed they would have the chance to decide the way in which they elect their representatives. This committee is blocking that right, and National strongly opposes that.

"I urge other political parties to put their self-interest aside and support my Electoral Options Referenda Bill, which was drawn from the ballot in May and will be debated by Parliament later this year. It proposes two referenda on the electoral system, to give New Zealanders a direct say on MMP.

"The first referendum would establish whether New Zealanders are happy with MMP or whether they want a change, and from that what their preferred option is. If the majority want a change from MMP, a second referendum would pit MMP against the most favoured alternative system.

"The public, not the Parliament, must decide whether to stick with MMP or to modify it. I am stunned by the arrogant attempt of this select committee to subvert that basic democratic right.

"The select committee has also chosen to ignore the 81 per cent of New Zealand voters who, in the referendum held at the 1999 election, voted in favour of reducing the number of MPs from 120 to 99 - a policy National supports.

"The first rule of a democracy is that the public should decide how, and by whom, they are represented. The select committee report released today is clearly anti-democratic," Jenny Shipley said.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On Finding A Model To Replace The Monarchy


One feels reluctant to pre-empt the verdict of history, but maybe we need to have a Plan B in mind just in case the reign of King Charles III turns out badly. With that possibility in mind, are there any other countries that do a reasonably good job of electing their ceremonial head of state? There is no perfect model for New Zealand to follow but - arguably - Ireland has made a pretty good fist of it over the past 70 years or so. Ireland has roughly the same population as New Zealand, so the pool of talent is similar in size...
More>>



Alastair Thompson: Are There TPLF Ethiopia Insurgency Training & Support Operations in Uganda?


Mystery Document Alleges:
Covert Operation has US/Egypt Support
Operations Coordinated between South Sudan, TPLF and Uganda
Planning began December 2021...

More>>




 
 

Government: Welcomes Climate Change Commission Advice On Agricultural Pricing System
The Government has welcomed advice from the Climate Change Commission assessing readiness in the agricultural sector for an emissions pricing system... More>>

ALSO:

Government: Action To Tackle Delays In Family Court
New legislation aimed at tackling delays in the family justice system, will help improve the wellbeing of thousands of children caught up in Family Court disputes every year, Justice Minister Kiri Allan says... More>>


Prime Minister: Chatham House Speech
What an honour it is to be back in London, and to be here at Chatham house. This visit represents much for me. The reopening of borders and resumption of travel after a difficult few years... More>>


Economy: Financial Statements Of The Government Of New Zealand
Please note the next Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand to be released will be for the full year ended 30 June 2022. It is anticipated that these will be released in early October 2022... More>>



Government: New Era For Better Health In Aotearoa New Zealand

The Government has today delivered a nationwide health system that will ensure better outcomes for all New Zealanders with the establishment of Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand... More>>



Greens: Alcohol Harm Minimisation Bill Pulled From Biscuit Tin

After years of research and advocacy, Parliament will finally consider legislation to take meaningful action on alcohol harm, says the Greens... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels