The constitutional stock-take

February 4th, 2005 at 11:17 am by David Farrar

Peter Dunne has been appointed/elected to chair the constitutional stock-take inquiry.

I wonder if Peter will report the findings to the Labour Party Conference, as that is where the PM of course announced it.

It is a shame Clark politicsed this exercise by initially trying to use it as a weapon against Orewa I, and announcing it in a party conference instead of to Parliament. This has led to a third of Parliament boycotting the inquiry.

Because the sort of issues the inquiry will look at are ones that I think are well due for a review. And Peter Dunne would in fact be my choice to chair such a review. But the environment in which it was hatched means it will be pretty pointless. And that is a shame.

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4 Responses to “The constitutional stock-take”

  1. Jordan () says:

    You guys should have participated. Maybe the PM shouldn’t have announced it at Conference in an ideal world, but if National was serious about the issue, wouldn’t you have swallowed that one and been on the committee anyway?

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  2. rightkiwi () says:

    Jordon is just spinning. By announcing this at the Labour Party conference, Clark turned it (deliberately I suspect) into a political circus. Dunne is just the clown to lead it.

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  3. Craig Ranapia (OtherPundit () says:

    Jordan –

    No, and I wouldn’t expect Clark to if the positions were reversed.

    Clark turned the constitution into a partisan chew-toy – or just another bullet point in a media strategy – so it’s a little hypocritical to bitch that National is playing politics.

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  4. NJL () says:

    Its all about efficient use of resource.

    Anything Peter Dunne is involved with ends up as a load of insubstantial waffle. (a hangover from his Labour Party days?). God knows how much (expensive) committee time he’s going to waste before he realises that its all too hard and decides that the taxpayer needs to fund a Constitutional Commission (comprising of a large beauracracy and a highly paid and highly biased CEO) to tell us what we need.

    Why waste our MPs time on it?

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