- Head of State debate
- The case for a New Zealand republic
- Defending the monarchy
- The facts
- Constitutional review
- The Treaty of Waitangi
- Commonwealth membership
- Common Cause
"A holdover from a time now long past"
Parliament is reviewing its rules, the Standing Orders. The rules contain all sorts of silly incursions on our modern parliamentary democracy - SO309 being a prime example:
"No Member’s bill, local bill, or private bill that contains any provision affecting the rights or prerogatives of the Crown may be passed unless the Crown has, by message, indicated its consent to that provision."
In other words, if our democratically elected parliament passes a
bill affecting the Crown's undefined powers, it has to get the Crown's permission first. Graeme Edgeler, in his broad submission to the select committee, makes this point:
Like the Crown financial veto, this is provision is a holdover from a time now long past. We are a fully functioning Parliamentary democracy, operating under the principle of Parliamentary sovereignty.
Simply put, if the majority of the House supports a bill that affects the Crown Prerogative, the Crown should wear it. The House should not need to seek its permission to legislate on any matter that it sees fit.