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Vol 51 No 7

Published 2nd April 2010


A dangerous compromise

The politicians' failure to agree on serious reform of the government risks a repeat of the 2007 election crisis

The 20-year quest for a new constitution looks set to end in a dangerous compromise. At the end of March, when Parliament debated the Harmonised Draft Constitution, it was clear that the disagreements left over from the 2005 constitutional referendum remain unresolved. Members of parliament inserted 150 amendments to a draft constitution already watered down by earlier compromises, and the public is frustrated after seven years of broken promises.

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