“The vote of the people is essential in any modern democracy. It is used to elect representatives to Parliament and to choose and reject Governments.New Zealand’s Governments have extensive powers, yet our political system contains few of the safeguards against the abuse of the power of the executive that exists in other countries. The ability to force a referendum against the wishes of Government would help provide that security.”
— Source: The Royal Commission on the Electoral System.
Along with binding referenda, New Conservative recommends an electoral system where every vote counts and our rights are protected.
We also recommend a parliament with fewer sitting MPs, honouring the rejected referendum result calling to reduce the number of MPs in 1997.