Not really. It’s as old as “Ambrose! Bishop!” I don’t see any particular reason why laity can’t be consulted per se. The question, of course, is “Which laity?” Ask a bunch of victims of Stockholm Syndrome for their opinion and you will get the ignorant opinions of a bunch of victims of Stockholm Syndrome. Ask people who actually care about the Tradition and you will get an expression of the Tradition. Bishops are, theoretically, supposed to be teachers of the Tradition, not focus group managers. Only time will tell which is which in NZ.