Geoffrey Palmer

Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC is a former NZ prime minister, a lawyer and a writer.

Politics
May 30, 2017

Outdated and increasingly toothless, the Official Information Act needs an overhaul

Democracy around the world is under threat, and New Zealand is not immune. Here, government attitudes to official information are hampering democratic debate and accountability, writes Sir Geoffrey Palmer.

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Politics
Mar 6, 2017

People don't care about a NZ constitution? That's not what we're finding

Some say we have got it just right. Some are completely opposed. Others say we haven’t gone far enough. But the overall response to our project has been heartening, writes Geoffrey Palmer.

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Politics
Feb 20, 2017

A Donald Trump in New Zealand could wreak great havoc. We should act to prevent that now

The turmoil being witnessed in America at least illustrates the necessity of constitutional checks. It should spur New Zealand to adopt its own written, codified constitution, writes former PM Geoffrey Palmer

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Politics
Jan 5, 2017

Summer reissue: The political elites foisted a new system on ordinary Brits. Little wonder they’re grabbing it back

In June, Britain voted to leave the European union. The Brexit decision was entirely understandable, wrote former NZ prime minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer. Across western democracies, some sense of democratic renewal is needed to avoid alienation

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Politics
Nov 9, 2016

The politics of America have changed forever. The planet has much to fear

The presidential election reveals a nation frightened, angry and lacking in confidence. The shockwaves will be felt far and wide, writes former NZ prime minister Geoffrey Palmer.

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Politics
Oct 5, 2016

For a boost in inspiration and participation, councils need greater independence

Local government is crucial and too often ignored. Our proposed constitution starts by recognising they need greater autonomy, explain Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler.

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Politics
Sep 26, 2016

Geoffrey Palmer unfurls his blueprint for a written constitution

With recent efforts at drafting a constitution for New Zealand stalled, a new and engaging approach is called for. Geoffrey Palmer introduces a fresh project and its core principles.

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Society
Aug 31, 2016

Lecretia, law and life: Geoffrey Palmer on how the government can address assisted dying

The law needs to be changed to allow Lecretia Seales’ wish to determine when she died. But we must take care that such a measure would not be a slippery …

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Politics
Jun 29, 2016

The political elites foisted a new system on ordinary Brits. Little wonder they’re grabbing it back

The Brexit vote is entirely understandable. In Britain and across western democracies, some sense of democratic renewal is needed to avoid alienation, writes former NZ prime minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer

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