Friday, October 22, 2004

Democratic Transparency VI

NZFirst's Peter Brown is trying to get Parliament's standing orders changed to end the practice of secret split voting:

"New Zealand First will not stand by and let this practice continue, and I have raised the issue in the House. I have also written to the Standing Orders committee asking them to make an amendment to Standing Orders that will make it compulsory for each party whip to table with the Clerk the names of its members who voted for, against or abstained.

The Standing Orders Committee consists of Jim Anderton, Peter Brown, Michael Cullen, Rod Donald, Peter Dunne, Jonathan Hunt, Jill Pettis, Simon Power, Richard Prebble, and Clem Simich. If you support an open and transparent Parliamentary process, why not drop one of them a line, just so they know we're watching?