Take action! Stop Labour’s sinister attempt to abolish local government petition rights.
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Dear NZCPR Reader,
In this week’s NZCPR newsletter, we expose the Government’s sinister attempts to mislead the public over their planned abolition of a crucial democratic local government safeguard and we explain why their actions should be of such concern to every New Zealander, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Dr Don Brash explains why there is no need for racially-based electoral systems in New Zealand, and our poll asks whether you believe that the Local Electoral (Maori Wards and Maori Constituencies) Amendment Bill should be withdrawn.
PLEASE NOTE: Firstly, the Herald reports, that Labour will call Parliament into urgency on Tuesday for the first reading of the Bill to abolish local government petition rights. There will then be a one-week select committee process for public input before the Bill is passed into law. This compares with six months for most law changes. Since our next newsletter will not come out for another week, we would urge as many readers as possible to send in a submission opposing the Bill. It does not need to be long or complicated, but it is essential that as many people as possible oppose this appalling abuse of power by Labour that well and truly breaks their election promise: “Labour will ensure that major decisions about local democracy involve full participation of the local population from the outset.” The information about where to send submissions and the timing should be available HERE – which is the link to Parliament’s list of Bills that are open for submissions – once the Select Committee has met and set the timetable.
And secondly, please feel free to email MPs to share your concerns about these developments – the PM and Labour MPs to urge them to withdraw their Bill, and National and ACT to urge them to campaign against this law change and pledge to either remove Maori ward provisions entirely, or at the very least, re-instate petition rights. All MP email addresses can be found HERE.
Thank you so much for helping to fight for democracy!
Last week’s newsletter…
In case you missed it, in last week’s newsletter we looked into attempts by tribal groups to privatise New Zealand’s child protection services HERE and our NZCPR Guest Commentator Dr Michael Bassett identified the underlying causes of child abuse HERE.
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