Lowering the voting age to 16 would be fairer and more consistent, and would encourage young people to engage with politics, argues Hai Xin.
Continue reading A lower voting age would be fairer and more consistent
New Zealand is not immune from international trends and cannot afford to be complacent about its democracy, writes Sir Geoffrey Palmer
Continue reading Democracy is in decline: what can we do?
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.
Continue reading Why a constitution alone is not enough
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.
Continue reading Toothless Official Information Act needs overhaul and constitutional backing
New Zealand’s system of checks and balances on state power is sadly insufficient, write Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler.
Continue reading Strengthening checks and balances on state power
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.
Continue reading Why judicial oversight is nothing to fear
Parliament – not the Government – should decide when New Zealand can sign up to binding international treaties, declare war, and send troops overseas, says Sir Geoffrey Palmer
Continue reading Should Parliament decide about international treaties and defence missions?
Parliament’s rules allow the Government to determine who becomes Parliament’s Speaker. Sir Geoffrey Palmer makes the case for a politically neutral process.
Continue reading The case for a politically neutral Speaker of Parliament
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.
Continue reading Why the Bill of Rights Act should be in NZ’s constitution
Is it okay for Parliament to limit human rights without bothering to consult the people affected?
Continue reading When Parliament sets aside your rights
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
It’s time for New Zealand to have a constitution that is accessible and clear, say Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Dr Andrew Butler.
Continue reading Why New Zealand needs a written constitution
Many New Zealanders don’t know the country has a constitution, let alone know what’s it in. That has to change, says Sam Bookman.
Continue reading A constitution all New Zealanders can understand
Neither the current Bill of Rights Act nor the proposed constitution provide enough protection for basic rights and freedoms, argues Dr Gavin Ellis
Continue reading Who should guard the Constitution?