Friday, September 28, 2007


Write your own laws

‘It’s said the powerful write their own laws but, in New Zealand, now everyone can.

Due to a new wiki launched by the New Zealand police, members of the public can now contribute to the drafting of the country’s new policing act.

NZ Police Superintendent Hamish McCardle, the officer in charge of developing the new act, said the initiative had already been described as a “new frontier of democracy”.

“People are calling it ‘extreme democracy’ and perhaps it is,” he said.

“It’s a novel move but when it comes to the principles that go into policing, the person on the street has a good idea … as they are a customer,” he said.’

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