TINZ Submissions activity

Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) continues to encourage its readers to exercise their democratic responsibilities by making submissions and responding to government consultation processes with your opinions on future direction-setting and legislation.

The following two centralised websites invite and facilitate public submissions on a variety of legislation, policies, levies, plans and projects currently being processed, together with updates about progress for recently closed submissions:

Not all government agencies utilise one or both of these facilities. Many government agencies conduct their own publicity when seeking submissions.

In the spirit of the new and joined-up open government, TINZ’s recommendations are that:

  • There be a single submissions website link where all central and local government requests for submissions are listed 
  • This same website location is administered with constantly improving frameworks for the making of submissions and for following-up on submissions.
  • The process would ideally:  
    • provide analyses of the responses to submissions, by key population indicators including geographical spread, and of the individuals and organisations that make submissions 
    • summarise the content of submissions and how the content becomes included in policy development and legislation 
    • provide timelines/milestones to track the progress of submissions passing through the submissions/legislative processes.

Submissions currently being sought

The following invitations to submissions known to, and of potential relevance to TINZ, are currently open for public comment by their stated deadline. We encourage our readers to take the time to draft a submission, even if it is a short one. The submission process is an opportunity to exercise your democratic rights. 

Public Service Legislation Bill

  • Deadline: Friday 31 January 2020
  • Public submissions are invited by the Governance and Administration Committee of Parliament
  • This bill proposes a modern legislative framework for achieving a more adaptive and collaborative Public Service, by repeal of the State Sector Act 1988. 

Racing Industry Bill

  • Deadline: Tues 11 February 2020
  • Public submissions are invited by the Transport and Infrastructure Committee of Parliament
  • This bill provides a post-transition governance structure for the racing industry and an approval mechanism for new racing and sports betting products, without requiring legislative changes. 

Education and Training Bill

  • Deadline: Friday 14 February 2020
  • Public submissions are invited by the Education and Workforce Committee of Parliament
  • This bill seeks to establish and regulate an education system to provide New Zealanders with lifelong learning opportunities so that they engage fully in society.

Secondary Legislation Bill

  • Deadline: Friday 14 February 2020
  • Public submissions are invited by the Regulations Review Committee of Parliament
  • This bill would amend over 2,500 existing provisions, in more than 550 Acts, which delegate power to make secondary legislation.
  • It would improve the framework used to access and ensure Parliamentary oversight of secondary legislation. It would also create a limited number of new exemptions from disallowance, publication, presentation, and listing requirements for some secondary legislation. 

Inquiry into the 2019 Local Elections

  • Deadline: Saturday 29 February 2020
  • Public submissions are invited by the Justice Committee of Parliament
  • The terms of reference for this inquiry include:
    • 1(e) any irregularities or problems that could have compromised the fairness of elections, and
    • 3(c) consulting with stakeholders and the wider public about the recommendations in the Justice Committee’s report on the 2016 local elections, with particular reference to feedback on the committee’s recommendations on foreign interference.

Recent TINZ submissions

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