Currently, we have the right to call for a referendum, but it requires the signatures of at least 10% of the eligible voters, which is almost an impossible task, and at the end of it, the Govt can simply dismiss it, making the whole process a futile effort. As well, it cost $500 to file a petition.
Each of these requirements is an obstacle put there to discourage referenda.
I would like the requirements to be modified as follows: -
1. Percentage of eligible voters to be no more than 2%, which is about 70,000 signatures.
2. The results to be binding on the Govt.
3. The cost, $500, to be waived if the petition has at least the minimum number of signatures.
We must have a way of calling the Govt to account, before significant and irrevocable decisions are made. I find it bizarre that a few members of Govt can, for example, decide to sell our national assets, or negotiate an international deal, in secret, without reference to the people.
The Govt seems to regard NZ as their own private company, and that we, the people, should keep out and not interfere.
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