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Have a say on parliament's rules: Speaker

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/09/2016

Speaker David Carter has invited the public to have a say in the way parliament works.

He's in charge of the annual review of standing orders - the rules covering debating chamber procedure.

There are no terms of reference for the review by the cross-party Standing Orders Committee, which Mr Carter chairs.

"The committee welcomes any suggestions about how to improve parliament, which exists to represent New Zealanders," he said.

"Public submissions are now open for you to propose ideas for enhancing the effectiveness of parliament."

Submissions can be made until November 25, details are on parliament's website.

Changes made by previous reviews include:

* Allowing foreign leaders to address parliament

* TV coverage of the debating chamber

* Establishing the Register of Pecuniary interests that reveals MPs' financial assets

* Major changes in the way the debating chamber works, including extended hours

* There was a complete re-write to prepare for the first MMP parliament.

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