select committee

Ended up at a select committee hearing yesterday to give a verbal submission as part of a small group. We’d got together to do something positive at random and picked the Waste Minimisation bill as a place to start.

I’d never been inside Parliament buildings before. It was a little surreal. We have security? And metal detectors? And the inside is weirdly plush and serious and grown up. It was pretty funny, actually, seeing NZ take itself seriously.

The select committee was held in a room drenched in Maori carving and wall hangings, which was again oddly comical in effect. Sort of overdone. It was kind of funny to be up close to a bunch of members of parliament who were vaguely familiar from TV and get to watch them sweat and snort and stamp about. Er. You know what I mean. Or you don’t. I guess there’s no novelty in any of this for the myriad of civil servants out there, but it was pretty funny to me.

It was actually weirdly heartening to see democracy in action. A range of disparate MPs representing disparate interests seated around a table puzzling through a knotty problem – something that needs dealing with but the implementation of which is tricky – with input from relatively informed members of the public. We were there to speak to our submission, which again I found comical as I’d drafted most of it and, having not read the bill for months, couldn’t understand a word of the specifics, so mostly I shut the hell up and let Morgue do the talking, contenting myself with subliminal psychological warfare against the National MPs 😉 , and answering one of the shitty questions put to us by said National MPs.

On the whole, fairly painless as a process, and one I would certainly consider doing again.

3 Responses to “select committee”

  1.   cal
    February 17th, 2007 | 1:12 pm

    Do it again! Do it again! And soon!

  2.   Timb
    February 19th, 2007 | 1:45 pm

    Nice job man – more of it. You have the time after all 😉

  3. July 7th, 2009 | 2:40 pm

    […] Sort of randomly went along to the Government’s Public Consultation on Climate Change at Te Papa yesterday. A good turnout, maybe 400 people or so, standing room only. Nick Smith put on a better show than I expected – had encountered him while making a submission on the Waste Minimisation Bill and was not impressed – and it was reassuring that the government is acknowledging the science requires a response now. (Maybe that is why ACT aren’t bothering to turn up to their retarded inquiry into the science.) […]