The Power Of The New Zealand Government

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Cabinet has been widely thought to be the most powerful body of the New Zealand government. This belief could have been correct some 20 odd years ago, but has since fallen into antiquity with the introduction of the MMP voting style in 1996 (citation). In a discussion over the realistic power of Cabinet it will be found that the creators of such a body had enough forethought to include several inarguable weaknesses and checks so as to retain a notion of separation of powers. These weaknesses should be both plentiful and convincing enough to leave no doubt that, despite its obvious powers, Cabinet is still second to the supremacy of Parliament. Firstly, Cabinet is a body of high-ranking state officials that is generally made up of heads of respective departments of government, such as the Department of Tourism or the Department of Defense. The role of Cabinet is to act as a central decision making body for the executive branch of the NZ government. It determines what government bills are introduced to Parliament and effectively decides the path a government will take during a party’s regime. A “captured” Cabinet can therefore, theoretically, exert the will of a powerful PM over Parliament, forcing it to pass any Cabinet approved legislation. This was fairly common before the introduction of MMP elections (Insert Citation). Such a dominance effectively transformed Parliament into an extension of the executive and defeated the purpose of the separation of powers. This,
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