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Public Referendum Needed On Marriage Amendment Bill

Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First Leader

31 July 2012

Public Referendum Needed On Marriage Amendment Bill

New Zealand First will not vote for the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill and wants a public referendum to decide the issue.

Rt Hon Winston Peters says the New Zealand First caucus believes that issues such as this should be decided by trusting the people of New Zealand to decide rather than to leave it to temporarily empowered MPs.

“It should be a binding referendum after opportunity is given for a reasoned debate.

“The wise use of public referenda on such issues has always been New Zealand First’s position,” says Mr Peters.

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