Subject Recall Legislation
The Minister, Head of Department (Local Government), Parliamentary Counsel Office and Head of PM's Department.
The Minister shall introduce legislation as a matter of urgency providing for the recall and subsequent new election for any elected local government position.
The legislation will be drafted to achieve the following objective;
To allow voters recall a politician if they get the support of at least 10 per cent of the people who voted in the last election. The politician would be removed from office and a by-election would be held. The recalled politician could still run as a candidate.
There was general discussion as to how Central Government can determine whether a Minister should resign and a consensus emerged that PMs can act to dismiss a Minister and have done so (refer examples below) however no such ability is apparent at Local Government level and given the method of voting at Local Government level and the disparate allegiances of Local Government politicians then recall legislation was preferred as a means to remedy contentious behaviour by a Local Government politician.
Nick Smith, Phil Heatley, Pansy Wong, Richard Worth, David Benson Pope, Lianne Dalziel, Ruth Dyson and Dover Samuels
Great idea - it could be called the Brown Law.
No need for a law change. The local Government act already gives the Minister the power to appoint a commissioner (as in ECanz) or to hold an election.
If the councillors voting tomorrow had guts, they would ask the minister to intervene. If they did that. Len would be gone.
Under current legislation, the council can have Len gone tomorrow. They just have to have the guts to pull the trigger - to really want him gone, rather than just playing politics.
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