Wednesday, August 06, 2003

It's just so... unseemly

So, the Privileges Committee has decided that Harry Duynhoven's seat has been vacant since June 11th, and so the government is using urgency to ram through a law to retrospectively amend the Electoral Act and thus keep him in Parliament. The relevant section of the Electoral Act is indeed a stupid law, and in need of changing (possibly even retrospective changing, given the number of MPs who may be affected by it and the chaos resulting challenges of Parliamentary votes could cause), but the way they're doing it leaves a lot to be desired.

Frankly, no matter which way they change the law, I'd prefer to see Duynhoven fight a by-election, just to keep things above board.