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2013-02-07 A Government of the People

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Parliament building (The Beehive)

Getting to tour parliament was a very interesting experience that gave us a much better understanding of the New Zealand political system. The difference in the way they elect their representatives and pass bills into laws leads to a vastly superior health care system.

                The mixed member promotional (MMP) is a relatively new establishment in which popular vote determines the number of representatives each respective party is allotted. This allows for a better representation of the voter and makes each vote more viable than would be in our system.

                They also require a lesser majority (>50%) to pass a bill. Unlike our system, which requires a 2/3 majority, the New Zealand government has a much easier time of passing bills into laws, a more progressive form of legislature.

- Ian Harwood

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