New Zealand is not immune from international trends and cannot afford to be complacent about its democracy, writes Sir Geoffrey Palmer
New Zealand’s political culture needs to change, starting with civics education that shows young New Zealanders the difference they can make, writes Peter McKenzie.
A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand keeps court structures as they are, but proposes some additional safeguards for judicial independence.
A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand proposes to clearly define the Prime Minister’s functions and powers, and to impose some limits.
A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand proposes to preserve and sharpen NZ’s tradition of Cabinet government, while ensuring that necessary checks and balances are in place.
A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand proposes that Cabinet be limited to a maximum of 20 people.
Would the Constitution Aotearoa NZ proposals just create a United States-style system, where Supreme Court judges decide everything that is important? The answer is no, according to Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler.
The proposed Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand improves legal protection for trans* people, but doesn’t go far enough, says Frankie Wood-Bodley.
The Royal prerogative – the undefined, uncertain, residual powers retained by the sovereign – should be replaced with clearly defined statutory law, writes Emma Ricketts.
Democracy around the world is under threat, and New Zealand is not immune. Here, government attitudes to official information are hampering democratic debate and accountability, writes Sir Geoffrey Palmer.
New Zealand’s system of checks and balances on state power is sadly insufficient, write Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler.
New Zealand passes too much law, too quickly, and the Government has too much control of Parliament, argue Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler.
Granting judges a right to invalidate legislation will strengthen the rule of law while leaving lawmaking power in Parliament’s hands, argue Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler.
If New Zealand doesn’t protect environmental rights there’ll be no environment – or economy – left to protect, argues Sir Geoffrey Palmer.