Richard Harman reports at Politik:
The proposal was made to Parliament’s Justice Committee’s Review of the Election.
It appears to have caught the Parliamentary wing of the party by surprise and has angered some.
A spokesperson for Leader Andrew Little said the first he heard about it was in the media. …
The submission itself claims that it was “lodged on the authority of the New Zealand Council, the governing body of the Labour Party.”
I may be wrong, but I think it is highly highly likely that the submission would have been circulated to the NZ Council in advance. It certainly would be inappropriate for a submission from a political party not to have been approved or circulated to the rulong body.
I am almost certain Barnett would have had the submission circulated to the NZ Council. The NZ Council includes three MPs – Andrew Little, the caucus secretary and a further caucus rep. So if so, the question should be why didn’t Andrew Little read his NZ Council papers? At a minimum, his staff should be reading these, and highlighting any papers which might be politically sensitive – such as a submission proposing cutting off welfare benefits to those not on the electoral roll.