Wairarapa News : October 19th 2011
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The money raised will go towards the new retail shelving/display boxes at present being constructed for the foyer. Aratoi can then enhance its retail sales which in turn supports local artists, jewellery makers, card designers potters, weavers, artisans etc. It all goes around, doesn t it. The cover of the calendar has the Teaming Tuna image that is on display in Aratoi s foyer. The calendar, which is selling for $12, comes in a handy CD cover which stands upright on a desk. They are for sale at the Araroi s reception. Every vote cast counts toward final result Dr Sandra Grey The central issue of the referendum at the November election is democracy, said Dr Sandra Grey, spokesperson for the Campaign for MMP, addressing a public meeting in Masterton last week. Do we want the real democracy we have now or to turn back the clock and have less? Democracy, as political scientist Dr Grey, contends, comes in two parts. The first part is political equality -- and that s something we ve had ever since 1893 when New Zealand was the first country in the world to give women the vote. The second, equally important com- ponent, she says, is popular control. In a truly democratic system we should have a degree of control of those governing us that extends beyond voting for a political party every three years. Under the former first-past-the-post (FPP) system the New Zealand electoral system was quite undemocratic in two significant ways. Political parties could gain the treasury benches with a majority of seats, but far from a majority of votes, and then do precisely what they liked, often disre- garding election campaign policies and promises, knowing there was no mechan- ism for moderating their behaviour. Possibly even worse, Dr Grey says, the FFP system left up to 60 per cent of the electorate effectively disenfranchised. With parties winning elections with little more than 40 per cent of voter sup- port, it meant that nearly 60 per cent had no say in who became the Government and, consequently, no feeling of engage- ment or involvement in the political pro- cess. Around the world, where the FPP sys- tem remains, the numbers voting at gen- eral elections has been dropping alarm- ingly. Significantly, the figure has stabilised in New Zealand over the last three MMP elections at about 80 per cent, which is high by international standards, she said. Under FPP a majority of seats were safe for either National or Labour. The single vote you cast under FPP was effectively meaningless if you voted for anyone other than the inevitable win- nerinasafeseat--andthenitwas hardly necessary anyway, said Dr Grey. Right through the FPP period, votes for third parties were invariably wasted because, while they won many thousands of votes nationwide, they were rarely concentrated enough to win an electorate. It is essential to keep MMP because it is the only system where every vote is guaranteed to count, she said. With two votes there is the oppor- tunity to have a say in the selection of the best person to represent the electorate in Parliament and, with the party vote, to add to the national total of votes to give the preferred party some representation. Under FPP in 1978, 16 per cent of the population voted for Social Credit but only one MP entered Parliament. In 1981, 21 per cent voted for that same party, gaining only two MPs. In 1984, 12 per cent voted for the New Zea- land Party and won not a single seat in the House. It is hard to see how anyone could possibly argue that these results were democratic, said Sandra Grey. Two of the other systems being put up in the referendum -- Single Transferable Vote (STV) and Supplementary Member (SM) -- have a token degree of proportionality, but it s arguable whether they re an improvement on the old FPP approach, she said. Of course, no electoral system is per- fect and that goes for MMP as well, she adds. If a majority of voters give a tick to MMP this November there will be a thorough examination of the present sys- tem by an independent body and changes will be introduced to make it even more democratic. Under FFP, people were often voting for the lesser of two evils -- we certainly don t want to go back to that, Dr Grey said.
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