Good idea, but will it help Act?

The Act party reckons their path to victory is to have fewer MPs and remove the Maori seats, both good ideas. But will it help Act? Quote:

ACT has unveiled a plan to slash the number of MPs to 100 – and erase the M?ori seats.

Leader David Seymour has today unveiled a “Smaller Government Bill” which proposes to cap the number of MPs at 100, restrict the size of Cabinet’s executive to 20 and scrap the seven M?ori seats.

The current Parliament has 120 MPs. End quote.

We’ve previously had a referendum on the number of seats, in 1993, ignored of course by the politicians. Ironically it was NZ First who proposed that, and it is also their policy and has never been enacted. So the chances of Act being able to force it through under MMP is nil. As are the chances for his bill.

NZ First also had a policy of removing the Maori seats, and we are possibly to have a referendum on that. Which is also likely to be ignored. It seems we have broad agreement in New Zealand that race-based seats are perfectly okay.? Quote:

“New Zealand has too many politicians for its size. Our Government costs more and delivers less than it did 20 years ago.”

Reducing the size of New Zealand’s Parliament is not a new idea – a referendum at the 1999 general election calling to downsize to 99 MPs won 81.5 per cent support of voters. MPs ignored the result.

Seymour also wants to cap the size of the executive at 20, noting that the current Government was “far too big” and had 31 people in roles.

“Almost half of the Government MPs hold a position in the Executive. We have too many pointless ministerial portfolios. They are not improving the lives of New Zealanders and this bill will do away with them.”

Seymour also proposed doing away with the seven M?ori electorates.

“New Zealand is a modern, diverse democracy. There is simply no longer a place for one group of people to be treated differently under the law,” he said.

“We now have 27 M?ori MPs, 20 of whom were elected through the general roll. Even without the seven M?ori seats, M?ori would still be proportionately represented in Parliament.

“Our plan would also require all parliamentary candidates to stand in an electorate, and all elected list MPs would be required to open an office in the electorate in which they stood.”?End quote.

Admirable words, but sadly far too late. But wait, Act is going to change its name next year, yeah that’ll work.

Sorry, but credible solutions these are not.

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