Public Referendum Needed On Marriage Amendment Bill
Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First Leader
Public Referendum Needed On Marriage Amendment
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
“It should be a binding referendum after
opportunity is given for a reasoned debate.
use of public referenda on such issues has always been New
Zealand First’s position,” says Mr
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Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand
The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.
To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.
The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>