Parliamentary and Law Reform

Absolute decision making power is concentrated in the hands of a small group in cabinet. The governing party exercises control over parliament to an extent that the opposition often may as well not be there.  The parties already in power have access to large sums of taxpayer money to perpetuate their hold on power. This poses a significant danger to our democracy.

To enhance participation in our democracy and give real decision making power back to New Zealanders Social Credit will:

 

• Introduce Binding Citizens’ Initiated Referenda (See Referenda & Recall Policy)

 

• Introduce the right of electors to recall elected representatives and call them to account (Recall)

 

• Reign in the power of the cabinet by making them more accountable to parliament

 

• Provide for all executive decisions made by Order in Council to be amended, reviewed, or repealed by Parliament.

• Provide Parliamentary committees and their members with effective power of investigation they can exercise on their own initiative and without obstruction in respect or matters brought before them

• Retain 120 Members of Parliament, but reduce the Cabinet to 16

 

• Implement a Parliamentary Code of Ethics to limit the extent of Parliamentary privilege, and to reasonably protect people and organisations against unreasonable attack in the House


• Look to appoint Cabinet Ministers from among those Members of Parliament outside the Social Credit Party whose experience and expertise will be especially beneficial to the people of New Zealand

• Have laws drafted in plain English

• Repeal outdated laws

• Re-establish of such bodies as the Planning Council, a Commission for the Future and an Economic Advisory Committee

• Introduce the Single Transferable Vote system for general elections

• Institute an Electoral Commission review after each election to recommend improvements to processes and review campaign funding regulations

 

• Ensure that the full value of ALL electoral expenses provided by Parliament or the Parliamentary Service for or on behalf of MPs or candidates for a Parliamentary election in the period leading up to an election will be included as part of their respective election expenses.

• Review the basis for the allocation of election Broadcasting Funding to provide for all registered parties to be able to adequately put their policies in front of electors

• Implement a Parliamentary Code of Ethics to limit the extent of Parliamentary privilege, and to reasonably protect people and organisations against unreasonable attack in the House
 

• Add the teaching of civics and ethics to the school curriculum

Authorised by Anne Leitch, Secretary, 42 Reyburn House Lane, Whangarei

secretary@socialcredit.nz

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