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Veto, Citizens' Initiated and Recall referendum.


Thursday, 11 April 2013

Australian Citizen Initiated Referendum Bill 2013

Submissions being sought NOW !

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

1 comment:

Rusty Kane said...

I support in principle, BUT who writes and manages the process.
Who ensures that integrity is applied, including by the local media?