Dunne:MMP changes must protect right to representation
5 November 2012
UnitedFuture Leader Peter Dunne today acknowledged the Electoral Commission’s MMP recommendations, saying the bottom line on any changes should be based on diverse political opinions being able to be represented in Parliament.
“We pushed for a 3 percent threshold and retention of the one-seat rule because in the end, they have led to representation of small but still substantial sections of the electorate,” Mr Dunne said.
“Four percent is definitely an improvement on where it is currently.
“I think any changes, however, need to be made without throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Diversity of opinion and representation need to be protected in a healthy, vibrant democracy.
“And there is no arguing that under MMP we have had a much more diverse Parliament than we previously had under First Past the Post,” Mr Dunne said.
“I will certainly be happy to engage in what I hope will be a very broad dialogue and debate about these recommendations.
“Our democracy is a precious thing and we need to think through any changes very carefully.
“If anything, we should err on the side of making diverse political representation easier, not more difficult,” he said.