COMMENT:

The nature of New Zealand general election campaigns could be significantly changed with the proposed establishment of an "umpire" to adjudicate over political party manifesto policies. A suggestion has been put forward by the Government for the establishment of a parliamentary watchdog to make rulings on the economics of each political party's policies.

This could have a big impact on the debate. Ideally it would create more reliable information for voters on who to trust, and it could help cut through the "spin" of the campaigns. But it may also impact in other ways and there are some interesting

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