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From: Will Maynard

Dear Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,

Does the Govenor General still have the powers to diminish parliament/prime minister if requested by the people?

I note the current Govenor General stated a while back she does not but your website bill or rights act etc states she does have the reserve powers to do so.

Yours faithfully,

Will Maynard

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Kia ora Mr Will Maynard

Thank you for writing to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

You have asked about the Governor-General's power to dissolve Parliament.

The Governor-General has the formal power to dissolve, prorogue (that is,
discontinue without dissolving), and summon Parliament, under section 18
of the Constitution Act. By convention, the Governor-General exercises
this power on the advice of the Prime Minister, the Governor-General's
principal adviser, as long as the government commands the confidence of
the House of Representatives and the Prime Minister maintains support as
the leader of that government.

Paragraphs [1.10], [2.6], and [6.3] of the Cabinet Manual outline the
Governor-General's power to dissolve, prorogue and summon Parliament.

Regards

Cabinet Office

 

 

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