Government and democracy must be clean, transparent, accessible, and fair.
Politicians should be transparent and uphold high ethical standards
- MPs should sign up to a code of conduct, incorporated in Parliament’s Standing Orders.
- There should be a statutory register of lobbyists and strong guidelines for communication between MPs and lobbyists.
- Ministers should publish lists of all organisations consulted during the development of all new legislation.
- Cabinet decisions and minutes should be published within a month, or as soon as possible if there is a good reason not to publish them within a month.
The electoral system should be fair and result in a representative Parliament
- Parliament’s makeup should reflect the people of Aotearoa New Zealand.
- MMP should only be modified in line with recommendations from an independent commission, such as reducing the party vote threshold and removing the “coat tails” rule.
- A referendum should be required to change to a different electoral system.
- The Maori seats should be entrenched. Local councils should include Maori representation.
- There should be a fixed election date, decided in consultation with the public.
Government and Political donations should be transparent and open
- Campaign finance rules should be reviewed and improved, including considering the activities of groups that are not political parties and partial public funding of political parties.
- There should be tighter limits on anonymous donations, a ban on overseas donations (except from New Zealanders living overseas), and an annual limit of $35,000 on annual donations from any one person or organisation.
- The responses to all Official Information Act (OIA) requests should be published online.
- The Ombudsman should be resourced to support citizens’ ability to hold the Government to account.
Local government should apply the same levels of transparency as central government
- Councils should publish all resource consent applications and decisions, council minutes and order papers, and video of all council meetings and committee meetings.
- Councillors’ pecuniary interests should be registered and disclosed, along with a list of all people, consultants, and organisations providing services to the council.
- The source of all local council campaign donations over $500 should be disclosed.
- Changes to the Official Information Act outlined above should also apply to the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act.