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Labour will support MMP referendum

20 October 2009 Media Statement

Labour will support MMP referendum

The Labour Party supports holding a referendum on MMP at the 2011 election, Labour’s electoral reform spokesperson David Parker says.

“MMP has now been in place for nearly 15 years and it is appropriate that the people of New Zealand be given a chance to decide whether or not it has been successful,” David Parker said.

“However, it is important that the questions asked are easy to understand and the education campaign prior to the referendum is thorough and easily accessible.

“I am pleased that the National Party has decided the content and format of the question should be sent to select committee so all parties can have their say on issues to do with the referendum,” David Parker said.

“One such issue is including ‘improvements to MMP’ as one of the options in the second question.”

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