Ref­er­en­dum

Matamata Chronicle - - News/opinion -

The Ref­er­en­dum that isn’t.

To­day I re­ceived my guide to the com­ing ref­er­en­dum on MMP.

If more than half vote to re­tain MMP, then it will stay. How­ever if more than half vote against MMP, it will not nec­es­sar­ily be re­moved. Par­lia­ment, where 50 of the 120 mem­bers rely on MMP for their seats, will de­cide if we will have an­other ref­er­en­dum be­tween MMP and an­other sys­tem.

If Par­lia­ment de­cides not to have that sec­ond ref­er­en­dum, then once again, the pub­lic’s ex­pressed views are very likely to be over-rid­den by non-elected par­lia­men­tar­i­ans who are sim­ply pro­tect­ing their highly priv­i­leged po­si­tions.

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