Jacinda and Judith both wanted a 4 year term.
So do I.
Many New Zealanders have no idea that our single chamber Parliament makes it one of the most powerful Parliaments in the world.
You can read a piece of legislation straight into law with very little in way of check and balance.
That’s why we have 3 year terms, because the enormous power granted under a one chamber Parliament means you are required to keep that power in check.
The downfall of a 3 year term is that you can’t do anything in Power without an eye to the next 18month election cycle. The State ensures it has the real port and not the actual Government by stymying up reform and ensuring their fiefdoms are protected.
Turning to a 4 year term would allow Government’s to think longer term and would be able to push vested interests inside the state harder, but I also think we need to consider an Upper Chamber as well.
consider a NZ Parliament Upper House that has 50-50 representation between Maori and Pakeha. If Sovereignty was never signed away, then the Government of today has a responsibility beyond paltry compensation for past injustices , it must provide real power sharing solutions.
Having a 50-50 Upper House with the power to delay legislation that was not in the best interests of the Nation when it comes to Treaty issues would stop Government’s from fire sales of national assets and prevent things like the Foreshore and Seabed legislation from becoming law.
An Upper House would be seen as a guardian of the Treaty for the maintenance of public well being over private gain, it would show real power sharing and for Pakeha, it would represent a political body that protect their public interests as much as Maori interests.
…our 3 year short term thinking Government style has meant long term issues are never considered, a 4 year term with an Upper Chamber that protects Treaty Rights and Obligations would allow for Government with vision while ensuring there are checks and balances.
The desperate need for radical reform because of the climate crisis will demand the changes whether we like it or not.
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