Dedicated Indigenous Representation in New Zealand's Parliament
Proposals to include recognition of Australia’s Indigenous peoples in its Constitution, combined with their ongoing severe underrepresentation in Australia’s federal Parliament, have renewed calls for instituting some sort of guaranteed representation at a national level. Such calls are not particularly radical when viewed in a wider context. Perhaps most relevantly to the Australian context, New Zealand’s parliamentary system has contained dedicated Maori seats for nearly 150 years. This comment does not seek to advocate for a similar system of representation in Australia. Rather, it outlines how this system works in New Zealand.
Publisher: Thomson Reuters
Keywords: Constitutional law; Public law; Australia; New Zealand; Indigenous representation; Maori
Research Type: Journal Article