NZ’s habit of big, bad law

New Zealand passes too much law, too quickly, and the Government has too much control of Parliament, argue Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler.

Should the use of urgency be restricted?

Parliament can take urgency whenever it wants, allowing it to rush new laws into force with limited consideration and public scrutiny. Sir Geoffrey Palmer explains the case for change.

Why we favour a four-year term

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.

Four-year term better in theory than practice

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.

A four-year term: would it make a difference?

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. 

Why we don’t support an upper house

History shows that an Upper House is unlikely to provide an effective check on government power, write Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Dr Andrew Butler.