17 Nov 2013

Need for constitutional reform seen by Palmer

5:31 am on 17 November 2013

Former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer says the New Zealand constitution needs further reform.

While justice minister in 1986, Sir Geoffey initiated the Constitution Act. He was also an early advocate of MMP.

On The Nation on TV3 on Saturday, Sir Geoffrey agreed successive governments had been reluctant to introduce constitutional reform. He said that was because politicians are reluctant to give up power.

Sir Geoffrey said there needs to be a better balance between Parliament, the Cabinet and the judiciary, as at present the Cabinet still dominates Parliament despite the electoral switch to MMP.

His memoirs are due to be published next week.