New Zealand’s constitution should safeguard the independence and core values of the public service, argues Sir Geoffrey Palmer
Continue reading Should New Zealand’s constitution protect the independence of the public service?
New Zealand’s constitution doesn’t do enough to protect local democracy, says Sir Geoffrey Palmer.
Continue reading Why local democracy needs stronger protection
It’s time for the constitution to protect New Zealanders’ rights to a health environment, argues Sir Geoffrey Palmer
Continue reading The case for environmental rights
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.
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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?
The interests of future generations must be protected in any constitution, argues Professor Jonathan Boston, but we can’t afford to wait for constitutional reform before tackling environmental challenges.
Continue reading How can the rights of future generations be protected?
In 2013 Parliament passed law under urgency allowing it to discriminate against people who care for disabled family members. Angela Hart gives a parent’s perspective.
Continue reading What’s fair for families who care?
A written constitution would protect local democracy from central government interference, says Dr Jean Drage.
Continue reading Protecting local democracy from government whims
The discriminatory nature of New Zealand’s adoption laws shows the importance of constitutional protection for human rights, says Wellington lawyer Joss Opie
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The Bill of Rights should be included in a written constitution to ensure Parliament cannot legislate away human rights, argue Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Dr Andrew Butler.
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Is it okay for Parliament to limit human rights without bothering to consult the people affected?
Continue reading When Parliament sets aside your rights
In 2013, many New Zealanders asked an independent constitutional review panel for stronger protection of their human rights, and the panel recommended change. Three years later, the United Nations made similar recommendation. When will New Zealand act?
Continue reading When will Parliament strengthen the Bill of Rights Act?
The turmoil in America shows the need for constitutional checks and should spur NZ to adopt a codified constitution, writes Sir Geoffrey Palmer.
Continue reading A Trump in New Zealand could wreak havoc
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
Treaty opponents misunderstand the Treaty’s promises and seem ignorant of the basic facts of New Zealand’s colonial history.
Continue reading Submissions on the Treaty – some reflections
Change is needed to remove uncertainty about the Treaty’s legal and constitutional status, argue Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Dr Andrew Butler.
Continue reading Why the Treaty should be in NZ’s constitution
Giving effect to the constitutional promise of The Treaty of Waitangi will require a change in New Zealand’s government and legal culture, writes Dr Carwyn Jones.
Continue reading A constitution ‘sourced in two streams’
Treaty claims should be completed but the Treaty should not be included in New Zealand’s constitution, argues Wah McLean
Continue reading Why the Treaty should not be included in a written constitution
New Zealand has an ‘amazing’ and very positive opportunity to create a unique, post-colonial governance arrangements, writes Wally Hicks.
Continue reading A constitution that is bi-cultural and post-colonial