A 4 year term?
See, here's my problem with a 4 year term. Because we have no upper house and only have a unicameral system that means little old NZ has the most powerful Parliament in the democratic world.
Our MPs can read any crazy bullshit they like straight into law, no other Parliament has that level of unchallenged power. I want you to ask yourself a very simple question - do you really want Politicians to have even MORE power?
You want to extend the vast power they have, for another year? We have so few checks and balances in the NZ system, and this Government are furiously busy defanging our watchdogs into lap dogs, to extend the time a Political Party can stay in power with the most powerful Parliament in the world gives me the creeps.
The baseless argument being pursued by all Politicians (except Hone I think) is that a 4 year term will allow them to focus on the big issues. Are we really that stupid? The Parliamentary system we have allows them to implement any thing they like, giving them an extra year of that power isn't going to change the focus onto long term, it just allows them to do more.
Why is is that NZers love to hand power over to authority? Whether it is the bloody Police with their vast new search and surveillance powers, or the TPPA which will give American Corporations unfettered access to our economy or now Politicians wanting another year of power.
Our weird love to be masochists in our own country never ceases to amaze me.