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Australia wants upper house in NZ

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/02/2017
The Beehive at Parliament. © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images The Beehive at Parliament.

The Australian Senate President Stephen Parry has encouraged New Zealand to restore its upper house, more than six decades after it was abolished.

Speaker David Carter and parliamentary clerk David Wilson are in Canberra this week and will observe a Senate estimates hearing in the Australian capital on Monday.

"This could be the road back to them getting a bicameral system - let's hope this works," Senator Parry said.

New Zealand's Legislative Council was abolished in 1951.

The Opportunities Party, founded by Gareth Morgan, has revealed a policy for parliamentary reform heading into this year's election, including restoring the upper house.

Mr Morgan also wants to see New Zealand have a written Constitution.

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