Justice Minister Judith Collins is consulting all parties about the Electoral Commission’s final report on MMP and she wants to get as much of a consensus as possible.
I think it’s important that we have electoral reform of this sort of magnitude that has . .. not just a straight majority in parliament but a very substantial majority in parliament. . . .
I well remember what happened when the Electoral Finance Act was rammed through . . . and I know that that caused a lot of angst in parliament and in the public. . .
She is right about both the importance of consensus and the angst caused by the EFA. The then Labour-led government didn’t have much support in or out of parliament but rammed it through anyway.
Electoral law is too important to be treated that way. It should be enduring and it is more likely to be so if it has broad support in parliament.
Wellington constitutional lawyer and former Vote for Change campaigner, Jordan Williams says the government should reject the recommendations and stick with the status quo.
Unless the government can get strong support for changes that is good advice.
If there is no broad consensus there should be no change.