Better Democracy NZ is a non-partisan, non-profit organisation.
Our mission is to foster the improvement of New Zealand's democratic system and encourage the use of direct democracy through the
Veto, Citizens' Initiated and Recall referendum.
Thursday, 28 August 2014
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Saturday, 14 June 2014
Like a few other cities, the city is letting some citizens vote directly on how the city spends its money. But, of course, it's adding an online twist.
Monday, 2 June 2014
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Saturday, 29 March 2014
Better Democracy New Zealand is also pleased to announce that Dominic Baron is our Constitutional Spokesperson. Dominic was born in Buenos Aires in 1943 and educated in Argentina, Switzerland, England, and Spain. He is tri-lingual, speaking English, French, and Spanish and is an information technology specialist having worked in IT for over 40 years for companies in England, USSR, Switzerland, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand. Dominic has long held a special interest in Constitutional issues and recently put in a huge amount of work to produce our recent submission to the Constitutional Review Committee.
Thursday, 27 March 2014
Better Democracy New Zealand is pleased to announce that Gary Holmes is the latest addition to our team as our Local Body Spokesperson.
Gary Holmes has been involved in local body politics for the past 18 years and served three terms as a North Shore City Councillor from 1998 – 2007 and is currently in his second term as a member of the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board in the Auckland Council.
Gary has always been a strong advocate for participatory democracy and while a city councillor attempted to introduce binding citizens initiated referendums at North Shore and argued strongly that major decisions such as the sale of airport shares should be determined by referenda. He is also a strong supporter for constitutional reform.
Gary has a background in public relations and, outside of his political role, manages the operations and activities of three Auckland business associations.
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Monday, 29 July 2013
We should introduce this and better systems in UK and our countries and cities.
In early 2012 the Finnish parliament made law which enables a large number of citizens to put forward a law proposal. The proposers have six months to collect 50 thousand endorsements which is about 1.2 percent of eligible voters.
The proposal can be in the form of a drafted law and assuming that certain standards have been met the parliament is obliged to treat the proposal like a parliamentary "bill".
This is not full "citizen-led" (direct) democracy because, even if parliament rejects the proposal and refuses to put it into law, no referendum or plebiscite of the electorate must follow.
So, the Finnish citizens' initiative might be termed an agenda-setting tool, with small teeth (e.g. parliament must process and debate or consider the proposal and may NOT simply ignore it).
This innovation in governance shows some features of "electronic democracy" (e-democracy). Statements of support from signatories may be collected electronically or in paper form. The government has set up an online system to collect statements of support. A self-management system may also be used subject to certification by the Communications Regulatory Authority. An NGO named Open Ministry has assisted people and groups wishing to make a law-proposal. Open ministry states that in one case "the threshold of 50 000 supporters needed to pass the initiative to Parliament was met within 9 hours of launching the campaign and by midnight some 120 000 people had signed the initiative with their online bank codes or mobile phone."
A recent successful campaign has produced a law proposal which aims to reduce penalties on small-scale private downloading from peer-to-peer networks. In Finland as elsewhere, strong public opposition has grown against draconian penalties imposed for apparently trivial on-line offences involving "downloads".
Campaign for direct democracy in Britain
Citizens' Initiative and Referendum I&R ~ GB
http://www.iniref.org/ Link to site index
http://www.iniref.org/carta.htm Election campaign call
Saturday, 22 June 2013
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Saturday, 13 April 2013
Special thanks to Steve Baron & Dominic baron for many hours put into devising this demonstration Constitution for New Zealand . They believe a Constitution must grow organically & be a true initiative of the people of New Zealand , rather than of the existing parliament & political parties who are too influenced by the dsire to protect their power .
Thursday, 11 April 2013
Could this bill provide an example for New Zealand ?
The reasons for the referral are for the Committee to consider [ & seek public submission ]
1. Citizens' Initiated Referendum (CIR) promotes greater openness and accountability in public decision-making.
2. Laws instituted as a result of a CIR are more clearly derived from the popular expression of the people's will.
3. Government authority flows from the people and is based upon their consent.
4. Citizens in a democracy have the responsibility to participate in the political system.
5. The Inter Parliamentary Union's call on member states to strengthen democracy through constitutional instruments including the citizen's right to initiate legislation.
Citizen Initiated referendum Bill 2013
Thursday, 21 March 2013
From: Ronald Evans <President@CIR-Australia.net>
Date: 20/03/2013 18:26 (GMT+10:00)
To: Evans Ronald <President@CIR-Australia.net>
Subject: Inquiry into Citizen Initiated Referendum Bill 2013
Behold, I bring glad tidings. Please see below.