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

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

 

Long-time MMP campaigner says history repeats itself

Long-time MMP campaigner says history repeats itself

A Murray Ball cartoon from 18 years ago reminds New Zealanders where this year's anti-MMP campaign has come from, as they prepare to vote in Saturday’s electoral referendum.

Murray Ball gifted this iconic Footrot Flats cartoon to the movement fighting for MMP back in 1993. ‘The same people are behind the anti-MMP campaign this year and the cartoon has never been more relevant,’ says long-time MMP campaigner Philip Temple.

“The current anti-MMP campaign is backed by the Business Round Table, Peter Shirtcliffe and Don Brash and, once again, undeclared donors. The young frontman, Jordan Williams, was in the media earlier this year managing Don Brash’s takeover of the ACT Party. This is not a push for change from ordinary New Zealanders.”

Dr Temple says it is important everyone votes to keep MMP in Saturday’s referendum, so that we can move on and fix up any issues we have with it. ‘A vote to Keep MMP triggers an independent review by the Electoral Commission. And whoever is government would be brave and foolish indeed to ignore its recommendations to improve MMP in time for the 2014 election.’

Dr Temple says to ignore the naysayers and tick the Keep MMP box on Part A of the referendum ballot paper. ‘Wal’s message is as fresh as ever. Look who’s telling you not to.’

Philip Temple has been researching and writing about voting systems since 1990. He was given a Wallace Award by the Electoral Commission for his ‘significant contribution to public understanding of electoral matters.’

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.

© Scoop Media

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



Gordon Campbell: On The Newshub/Smokefree Twin Fiascos


Here’s a tale of two sunset industries. One has a track record of quality investigative reporting, and sound reportage of the 24/7 news cycle. The other sunset industry peddles a deadly substance that kills and injures tens of thousands of New Zealanders every year, while imposing significant annual costs on the public health system.

Which industry is this government rushing to assist..?
More


 
 


ACT: New Zealand Dodges Dopey Experiment In Prohibition

“Labour’s attempted crackdown on smokers would have delivered criminal groups a near-monopoly over the cigarette trade,” says ACT Health spokesman Todd Stephenson... More


Government: Backs Police To Crackdown On Gangs
The coalition Government is restoring law and order by providing police new tools to crack down on criminal gangs, says Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Police Minister Mark Mitchell. “Over the last five years gangs have recruited more than 3000 members, a 51 per cent increase... 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.