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The process of voting on our voting process

By Danielle van Dalen


Last week, Justice Minister Andrew Little flagged the possibility of having an MMP referendum at the 2020 election to reconsider…

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MMP refresher – the paths to power

MMP refresher – the paths to power

By Jeremy Vargo


Last week, my friends got into a heated discussion regarding David Cunliffe’s statements about Internet Mana. Mr Cunliffe said he…

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“Coat-tailing” and other political oddities

“Coat-tailing” and other political oddities

By Jeremy Vargo


What is the deal with “coat-tailing” and all those other little idiosyncrasies of our nation’s MMP system we hear bandied…

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Who are you reserving a seat in Parliament for?

Who are you reserving a seat in Parliament for?

By Jeremy Vargo


Have you heard of Paul Foster-Bell? Could you pick which party Barbara Stewart belongs to? And is Raymond Huo a…

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The threshold of democracy

The threshold of democracy


Last week was kind of big one in German politics. Many pundits had expected Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) to…

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MMP Review a crushing disappointment

MMP Review a crushing disappointment

By Keiran Madden


Justice Minister Judith Collins recently dismissed adopting any of the changes to our electoral system recommended by the Electoral Commission’s…

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The Electoral Commission and MMP

The Electoral Commission and MMP

By Keiran Madden


After painstakingly sifting through nearly five-thousand public submissions, the Electoral Commission has released their long-awaited Proposals Paper on MMP. But…

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Kicking the tyres: Choosing a voting system for New Zealand

Kicking the tyres: Choosing a voting system for New Zealand

By Steve Thomas


At the 2011 election in November, voters will get the chance to vote in a referendum on whether New Zealand…

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MMP Review Submission

MMP Review Submission

By Kieran Madden


New Zealand should have a voting system that enables our MPs and the government to have the freedom to lead…

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Enhancing MMP: How to improve New Zealand’s current voting system

Enhancing MMP: How to improve New Zealand’s current voting system

By Steve Thomas


New Zealand’s voting system is under review. We have the opportunity to let the Government know how we think it…

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A Tale of Two Houses: Does MMP mean New Zealand doesn’t need an upper house?

A Tale of Two Houses: Does MMP mean New Zealand doesn’t need an upper house?

By Guest Author


Not all democracies look the same. The type of electoral system we have, and the structure of our Parliament, affect…

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Submission: <i>Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill</i>

Submission: Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill

By Maxim Institute


Maxim Institute submits that, in its current form, this Bill has the potential to undermine democracy by ignoring the mandate…

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