Labour’s Iain Lees-Galloway is calling for cross party support of a Bill that does away with political coat-tailing and puts an end to ‘tea party’-style stitch-ups.
His Electoral (Adjustment of Thresholds) Amendment Bill was pulled from Parliament’s ballot today.
It implements the recommendations of the Electoral Commission review held after the MMP referendum, and does away with the coat-tailing clause which allows parties to win seats despite little popular support.
“It removes the incentive for the kind of deal John Key is preparing to stitch up with Colin Craig in the new Upper Harbour seat in Auckland.
“The current regime has been a disaster for democracy. It has delivered us Rodney Hide, John Banks, Peter Dunne and now Colin Craig.
“People are sick of these cosy political deals designed to circumvent our democratic system.
“Anyone voting against this bill will be way out-of-step with the New Zealand public.