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NZ Parliament term questioned

Sunday 2 Dec 2012 10:50 a.m.

NZ First leader Winston Peters says the current term is not long enough  (file)

NZ First leader Winston Peters says the current term is not long enough (file)

A business leader is calling for an increase in the length of the term of Parliament in New Zealand and is finding support among politicians.

Mainfreight managing director Don Braid said better policy decision would be made if the term of parliament was longer than the current three years.

"Here in New Zealand we're getting short-term populist policies made, which in turn is giving us a twisted poor-performing economy," Mr Braid said on programme Q+A today.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said the term of Parliament was not long enough.

"We've had referenda on this in the past but every timid voter, whether on the left or right, thinks that they might not win so they don't want the enemy to have four years," he said.

National's Judith Collins said the current term of three years was not long enough, while Greens co-leader Metiria Turei said "three years with the Nats in power is a really long time".

She said citizens needed to decide electoral law and the issue needed to be put to a referendum.

In a referendum on the subject in 1990, 69.3 percent of those who voted were against extending the term of Parliament to four years from three years.


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