My submission supporting this petition:
The argument for the two-step referendum process was that voters needed to see which flag design the current flag would be up against before knowing if they would want to change to it or not. Except people already know whether or not they are going to vote to change the flag. Therefore two-step process is a waste time, money, debate and resources.
Then today parliament made even more of a farce of an already flawed process by effectively rejecting the final four designs when they voted to include Aaron Dustin’s Red Peak in the first of referendums. This action is akin to bringing back a wildcard in a badly run talent contest, except this one is a bizarre parliamentary version of New Zealand’s Flags’ Got Talent and it’s crap, and it’s costing taxpayers $26 million dollars.
The only honest course of action going forward is for the government to hold just one referendum which sees the current flag going head-to-head with the five alternatives.
One referendum, one vote, one flag, one time.