Saturday, September 05, 2009

What on earth is Larry Baldock thinking?

Larry Baldock wants another referendum. So he is going to launch a new petition. The question on the petition will aim to change the Citizens Initiated Referenda Act 1993.

The wording of the question would focus on the issue of whether citizens initiated referenda seeking the repeal or amendment of any law passed by parliament should be binding. It's likely to just piss people off. Even if the petition gets enough signatures there's one small problem.

The referendum calling for some referenda to be binding will itself not be binding.The Government can -and should - ignore it too. If Baldock wants to waste his time chasing his tail, good luck to him. The implications of legislation of this nature do not bear thinking about.




Blogger Chuck Bird said...

Dave, what would be the implications of referenda to repeal highly unpopular moral legislation? After all NZ does not have a constitution or a second house. Would it not be good to have some form of checks and balance? Please note I am only referring to repealing or rejecting legislation. Amending legislation would have the same problem of wording as initiating legislation by a petition.

September 6, 2009 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

what are the implications of such legislation Dave?

September 6, 2009 at 4:59 PM  
Blogger gomango said...

I know what Larry Baldock is thinking...... "hmmm, maybe I can score a seat in parliament by milking this for all it is worth....."

September 8, 2009 at 12:27 AM  

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