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  #940353 25-Nov-2013 14:05
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KiwiNZ:

A citizens initiated referendum becomes initiated when enough signatures are gained on a petition requesting same, both petitions and referendums are examples of effective democracy, others are elections, lobbying MP's etc etc. 

With regards to examples of parliamentary votes check Hansard.

The party I voted for at the last election I agreed with about 60% to 70% of their policies, a referendum allows for a vote on a particular matter that is of concern to the populous.


(Truncated quote, due to my love of double spaced sentences....)

So you voted for them based on agreeing with 60-70% of their policies, and then hoped to be able to change their views on the remaining 30-40%, should they successfully gain power, by way of citizens initiated referendum?

How often has that worked?

I am certain, that history will show that in a democracy, no party has ruled from the year dot, through to where we are now. The extreme left and extreme right policies are not sustainable. I still say that a balncaed approach is required, but debating from extreme left or right positions, with no middle ground does nobody any favours.

If you look at asset sales as your example, you only need look at the power generation company sell down vs. the Air new Zealand sell down. Similar concepts, but in my opinion, one has merits and the other not so many. Having said this, the National approach was "sell, sell" whilst the Labour Greens approach was "don't sell, don't sell", all parties being guilty of not being able to see the pro's and cons of each proposal, merely shouting from their particular end of the left-right spectrum.

And yes, I do see the irony in my debating the topic of debating with you....




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  #940359 25-Nov-2013 14:20
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MikeSkyrme:
KiwiNZ:

A citizens initiated referendum becomes initiated when enough signatures are gained on a petition requesting same, both petitions and referendums are examples of effective democracy, others are elections, lobbying MP's etc etc. 

With regards to examples of parliamentary votes check Hansard.

The party I voted for at the last election I agreed with about 60% to 70% of their policies, a referendum allows for a vote on a particular matter that is of concern to the populous.


(Truncated quote, due to my love of double spaced sentences....)

So you voted for them based on agreeing with 60-70% of their policies, and then hoped to be able to change their views on the remaining 30-40%, should they successfully gain power, by way of citizens initiated referendum?

How often has that worked?

I am certain, that history will show that in a democracy, no party has ruled from the year dot, through to where we are now. The extreme left and extreme right policies are not sustainable. I still say that a balncaed approach is required, but debating from extreme left or right positions, with no middle ground does nobody any favours.

If you look at asset sales as your example, you only need look at the power generation company sell down vs. the Air new Zealand sell down. Similar concepts, but in my opinion, one has merits and the other not so many. Having said this, the National approach was "sell, sell" whilst the Labour Greens approach was "don't sell, don't sell", all parties being guilty of not being able to see the pro's and cons of each proposal, merely shouting from their particular end of the left-right spectrum.

And yes, I do see the irony in my debating the topic of debating with you....


1. I have not stated which party I voted for.
2. I have not stated that I support or oppose asset sales.
3. I believe in the democratic system we have of allowing citizen initiated Referendums
4. I believe that once a referendum had been initiated the sales processes should have been suspended to allow the democratic process to run it's course.
5. The Citizens initiated referendum act 1993 was passed by a National Government... irony. 




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  #940362 25-Nov-2013 14:26
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We've been a little off topic for a while now haven't we...

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  #940365 25-Nov-2013 14:41
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k1wi: We've been a little off topic for a while now haven't we...


I disagree. I think we have great discussions in this post







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  #940372 25-Nov-2013 14:49
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nakedmolerat:
k1wi: We've been a little off topic for a while now haven't we...


I disagree. I think we have great discussions in this post


Keeping in mind, of course, the fact that the topic of the post was the fact that I was able to look at my sealed vote, and those of my friends, and determine that all were to my satisfaction, and that my ability to do this is a problem.  (It's not a super power on my part).


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  #940389 25-Nov-2013 15:35
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KiwiNZ:
MikeSkyrme:
KiwiNZ:

A citizens initiated referendum becomes initiated when enough signatures are gained on a petition requesting same, both petitions and referendums are examples of effective democracy, others are elections, lobbying MP's etc etc. 

With regards to examples of parliamentary votes check Hansard.

The party I voted for at the last election I agreed with about 60% to 70% of their policies, a referendum allows for a vote on a particular matter that is of concern to the populous.


(Truncated quote, due to my love of double spaced sentences....)

So you voted for them based on agreeing with 60-70% of their policies, and then hoped to be able to change their views on the remaining 30-40%, should they successfully gain power, by way of citizens initiated referendum?

How often has that worked?

I am certain, that history will show that in a democracy, no party has ruled from the year dot, through to where we are now. The extreme left and extreme right policies are not sustainable. I still say that a balncaed approach is required, but debating from extreme left or right positions, with no middle ground does nobody any favours.

If you look at asset sales as your example, you only need look at the power generation company sell down vs. the Air new Zealand sell down. Similar concepts, but in my opinion, one has merits and the other not so many. Having said this, the National approach was "sell, sell" whilst the Labour Greens approach was "don't sell, don't sell", all parties being guilty of not being able to see the pro's and cons of each proposal, merely shouting from their particular end of the left-right spectrum.

And yes, I do see the irony in my debating the topic of debating with you....


1. I have not stated which party I voted for.
2. I have not stated that I support or oppose asset sales.
3. I believe in the democratic system we have of allowing citizen initiated Referendums
4. I believe that once a referendum had been initiated the sales processes should have been suspended to allow the democratic process to run it's course.
5. The Citizens initiated referendum act 1993 was passed by a National Government... irony. 


Ok, misunderstanding somewhere, because at no point did I say that you had voted for National or said that you support asset sales.

You also failed to respond to my question regarding successful CIR's. The answer to that is a resounding "it has not worked since the act was enacted".

In fact, since 1994, when the act was first called upon, there have been 4 instances only where there has been enough support for a CIR (not including the current asset sales CIR).

Of those four, which were held in 1995, 1999, 1999 and 2009, all gained overwhelming support of between 81.5% and 91.8%.

None of these referendums caused any of the governments in power to halt proceedings or change policy decisions. Basically, a single fingered salute to the public from both major parties in NZ politics.

My point: Have as many referendums as you desire, however, decisions will be made by the party in power, based on which way they lean, based on the fact that they have mandates to do as they have stated in their policy statements, prior to elections.




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  #940406 25-Nov-2013 16:04
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jnawk:
nakedmolerat:
k1wi: We've been a little off topic for a while now haven't we...


I disagree. I think we have great discussions in this post


Keeping in mind, of course, the fact that the topic of the post was the fact that I was able to look at my sealed vote, and those of my friends, and determine that all were to my satisfaction, and that my ability to do this is a problem.  (It's not a super power on my part).



Do to the course this has taken and there not being a need for another thread I have amended the thread title.

 
 
 
 


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  #940407 25-Nov-2013 16:10
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MikeSkyrme:
KiwiNZ:
MikeSkyrme:
KiwiNZ:

A citizens initiated referendum becomes initiated when enough signatures are gained on a petition requesting same, both petitions and referendums are examples of effective democracy, others are elections, lobbying MP's etc etc. 

With regards to examples of parliamentary votes check Hansard.

The party I voted for at the last election I agreed with about 60% to 70% of their policies, a referendum allows for a vote on a particular matter that is of concern to the populous.


(Truncated quote, due to my love of double spaced sentences....)

So you voted for them based on agreeing with 60-70% of their policies, and then hoped to be able to change their views on the remaining 30-40%, should they successfully gain power, by way of citizens initiated referendum?

How often has that worked?

I am certain, that history will show that in a democracy, no party has ruled from the year dot, through to where we are now. The extreme left and extreme right policies are not sustainable. I still say that a balncaed approach is required, but debating from extreme left or right positions, with no middle ground does nobody any favours.

If you look at asset sales as your example, you only need look at the power generation company sell down vs. the Air new Zealand sell down. Similar concepts, but in my opinion, one has merits and the other not so many. Having said this, the National approach was "sell, sell" whilst the Labour Greens approach was "don't sell, don't sell", all parties being guilty of not being able to see the pro's and cons of each proposal, merely shouting from their particular end of the left-right spectrum.

And yes, I do see the irony in my debating the topic of debating with you....


1. I have not stated which party I voted for.
2. I have not stated that I support or oppose asset sales.
3. I believe in the democratic system we have of allowing citizen initiated Referendums
4. I believe that once a referendum had been initiated the sales processes should have been suspended to allow the democratic process to run it's course.
5. The Citizens initiated referendum act 1993 was passed by a National Government... irony. 


Ok, misunderstanding somewhere, because at no point did I say that you had voted for National or said that you support asset sales.

You also failed to respond to my question regarding successful CIR's. The answer to that is a resounding "it has not worked since the act was enacted".

In fact, since 1994, when the act was first called upon, there have been 4 instances only where there has been enough support for a CIR (not including the current asset sales CIR).

Of those four, which were held in 1995, 1999, 1999 and 2009, all gained overwhelming support of between 81.5% and 91.8%.

None of these referendums caused any of the governments in power to halt proceedings or change policy decisions. Basically, a single fingered salute to the public from both major parties in NZ politics.

My point: Have as many referendums as you desire, however, decisions will be made by the party in power, based on which way they lean, based on the fact that they have mandates to do as they have stated in their policy statements, prior to elections.


I believe that the referendums should be binding




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  #940450 25-Nov-2013 16:47
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KiwiNZ:
MikeSkyrme:
KiwiNZ:
MikeSkyrme:
KiwiNZ:

A citizens initiated referendum becomes initiated when enough signatures are gained on a petition requesting same, both petitions and referendums are examples of effective democracy, others are elections, lobbying MP's etc etc. 

With regards to examples of parliamentary votes check Hansard.

The party I voted for at the last election I agreed with about 60% to 70% of their policies, a referendum allows for a vote on a particular matter that is of concern to the populous.


(Truncated quote, due to my love of double spaced sentences....)

So you voted for them based on agreeing with 60-70% of their policies, and then hoped to be able to change their views on the remaining 30-40%, should they successfully gain power, by way of citizens initiated referendum?

How often has that worked?

I am certain, that history will show that in a democracy, no party has ruled from the year dot, through to where we are now. The extreme left and extreme right policies are not sustainable. I still say that a balncaed approach is required, but debating from extreme left or right positions, with no middle ground does nobody any favours.

If you look at asset sales as your example, you only need look at the power generation company sell down vs. the Air new Zealand sell down. Similar concepts, but in my opinion, one has merits and the other not so many. Having said this, the National approach was "sell, sell" whilst the Labour Greens approach was "don't sell, don't sell", all parties being guilty of not being able to see the pro's and cons of each proposal, merely shouting from their particular end of the left-right spectrum.

And yes, I do see the irony in my debating the topic of debating with you....


1. I have not stated which party I voted for.
2. I have not stated that I support or oppose asset sales.
3. I believe in the democratic system we have of allowing citizen initiated Referendums
4. I believe that once a referendum had been initiated the sales processes should have been suspended to allow the democratic process to run it's course.
5. The Citizens initiated referendum act 1993 was passed by a National Government... irony. 


Ok, misunderstanding somewhere, because at no point did I say that you had voted for National or said that you support asset sales.

You also failed to respond to my question regarding successful CIR's. The answer to that is a resounding "it has not worked since the act was enacted".

In fact, since 1994, when the act was first called upon, there have been 4 instances only where there has been enough support for a CIR (not including the current asset sales CIR).

Of those four, which were held in 1995, 1999, 1999 and 2009, all gained overwhelming support of between 81.5% and 91.8%.

None of these referendums caused any of the governments in power to halt proceedings or change policy decisions. Basically, a single fingered salute to the public from both major parties in NZ politics.

My point: Have as many referendums as you desire, however, decisions will be made by the party in power, based on which way they lean, based on the fact that they have mandates to do as they have stated in their policy statements, prior to elections.


I believe that the referendums should be binding


So you want to leave NZ's future to a bunch of people who largely may:

     

  1. Not be qualified in the topic matter
  2. Have no experience or exposure to the topic matter
  3. Are irrationally swayed by public opinion, media images and messaging

Hmmm...interesting concept.   Isn't that like asking a 5 year old what they think of middle eastern politics?

Not saying I disagree totally, just depends on the topic.










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KiwiNZ:

I believe that the referendums should be binding


I have two responses to that...:

1. Awesome. Let's get rid of government completely and decide everything by referendum.

OR....

2. There is a binding referendum every few years... it is called a general election, whereby the general public gets to choose the people they believe will make the decisions that need to be made regarding the governing of the country.




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  #940476 25-Nov-2013 17:02
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KiwiNZ:

I believe that the referendums should be binding


I have two responses to that...:

1. Awesome. Let's get rid of government completely and decide everything by referendum.

OR....

2. There is a binding referendum every few years... it is called a general election, whereby the general public gets to choose the people they believe will make the decisions that need to be made regarding the governing of the country.


I don't believe you fully comprehend democracy




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scuwp:
KiwiNZ:
MikeSkyrme:
KiwiNZ:
MikeSkyrme:
KiwiNZ:

A citizens initiated referendum becomes initiated when enough signatures are gained on a petition requesting same, both petitions and referendums are examples of effective democracy, others are elections, lobbying MP's etc etc. 

With regards to examples of parliamentary votes check Hansard.

The party I voted for at the last election I agreed with about 60% to 70% of their policies, a referendum allows for a vote on a particular matter that is of concern to the populous.


(Truncated quote, due to my love of double spaced sentences....)

So you voted for them based on agreeing with 60-70% of their policies, and then hoped to be able to change their views on the remaining 30-40%, should they successfully gain power, by way of citizens initiated referendum?

How often has that worked?

I am certain, that history will show that in a democracy, no party has ruled from the year dot, through to where we are now. The extreme left and extreme right policies are not sustainable. I still say that a balncaed approach is required, but debating from extreme left or right positions, with no middle ground does nobody any favours.

If you look at asset sales as your example, you only need look at the power generation company sell down vs. the Air new Zealand sell down. Similar concepts, but in my opinion, one has merits and the other not so many. Having said this, the National approach was "sell, sell" whilst the Labour Greens approach was "don't sell, don't sell", all parties being guilty of not being able to see the pro's and cons of each proposal, merely shouting from their particular end of the left-right spectrum.

And yes, I do see the irony in my debating the topic of debating with you....


1. I have not stated which party I voted for.
2. I have not stated that I support or oppose asset sales.
3. I believe in the democratic system we have of allowing citizen initiated Referendums
4. I believe that once a referendum had been initiated the sales processes should have been suspended to allow the democratic process to run it's course.
5. The Citizens initiated referendum act 1993 was passed by a National Government... irony. 


Ok, misunderstanding somewhere, because at no point did I say that you had voted for National or said that you support asset sales.

You also failed to respond to my question regarding successful CIR's. The answer to that is a resounding "it has not worked since the act was enacted".

In fact, since 1994, when the act was first called upon, there have been 4 instances only where there has been enough support for a CIR (not including the current asset sales CIR).

Of those four, which were held in 1995, 1999, 1999 and 2009, all gained overwhelming support of between 81.5% and 91.8%.

None of these referendums caused any of the governments in power to halt proceedings or change policy decisions. Basically, a single fingered salute to the public from both major parties in NZ politics.

My point: Have as many referendums as you desire, however, decisions will be made by the party in power, based on which way they lean, based on the fact that they have mandates to do as they have stated in their policy statements, prior to elections.


I believe that the referendums should be binding


So you want to leave NZ's future to a bunch of people who largely may:


  1. Not be qualified in the topic matter

  2. Have no experience or exposure to the topic matter

  3. Are irrationally swayed by public opinion, media images and messaging


Hmmm...interesting concept.   Isn't that like asking a 5 year old what they think of middle eastern politics?

Not saying I disagree totally, just depends on the topic.








The same could be said about the electoral process.




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scuwp:
KiwiNZ: 
I believe that the referendums should be binding


So you want to leave NZ's future to a bunch of people who largely may:

     

  1. Not be qualified in the topic matter
  2. Have no experience or exposure to the topic matter
  3. Are irrationally swayed by public opinion, media images and messaging

Hmmm...interesting concept.   Isn't that like asking a 5 year old what they think of middle eastern politics?

Not saying I disagree totally, just depends on the topic.




Way to misconstrue the point - CIRs need 10% support before they even happen.  The "bunch" of people you mention are quite a large "bunch".  Not as if just any old topic gets 10%+ of the voting population riled up enough to sign a petition about it.

Also, you seem to assume politicians are:

     

  1. Qualified in the topic matter
  2. Have experience or exposure to the topic matter
  3. Aren't irrationally swayed by public opinion, media images and messaging
Isn't that a little optimistic? 

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  #940528 25-Nov-2013 18:18
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jnawk: Also, you seem to assume politicians are:

     

  1. Qualified in the topic matter
  2. Have experience or exposure to the topic matter
  3. Aren't irrationally swayed by public opinion, media images and messaging
Isn't that a little optimistic? 


Politicians have proven time and time again that they, by and large, do not meet the criteria above




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The fact that the national party cronies can just turn around and give us the middle finger and LOL whilst selling off something that doesn't belong to the Govt is astounding .... The referendum should have been binding

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