New Zealand passes too much law, too quickly, and the Government has too much control of Parliament, argue Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler.
Continue reading NZ’s habit of big, bad law
A four-year term, along with other constitutional reforms, would help Parliament to function better and improve the quality of lawmaking, argue Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Dr Andrew Butler.
Continue reading Why we favour a four-year term
There’s no evidence that a four-year Parliamentary term would lead to better legislation, argues Wellington lawyer Graeme Edgeler. And nor is there evidence that the current three-year term prevents Parliament from completing major law reform projects.
Continue reading Four-year term better in theory than practice
A four-year Parliamentary term won’t on its own improve the quality of New Zealand legislation, argues Professor Margaret Wilson. What’s needed are broader reforms to protect citizens’ rights and change Parliament’s adversarial culture.
Continue reading A four-year term: would it make a difference?
History shows that an Upper House is unlikely to provide an effective check on government power, write Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Dr Andrew Butler.
Continue reading Why we don’t support an upper house