Tag Archives: Referendum

Which MPs vote on Referendums based on political expediency, rather than principle — Family First NZ

 

Here’s a list of 49 MPs who voted for a Referendum on euthanasia because they supported euthanasia and knew they had to vote for a referendum to get the law passed, but voted against a referendum on abortion because they didn’t think it was necessary to get the law passed. In other words, they voted…

via Which MPs vote on Referendums based on political expediency, rather than principle — Family First NZ

A Flawed Reefer-endum — Family First NZ

 

The government has released its proposed law for legalising cannabis for recreational use (i.e. the right to get high). Voters will be asked: “Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legislation and Control Bill?” We would probably make the question “Do you support Cannabis Legislation and Normalisation?” PROBLEMS It will be legal to grow cannabis for personal use…

via A Flawed Reefer-endum — Family First NZ

If euthanasia bill passes it will be decided by referendum — Your NZ

A small majority of MPs (63 to 57) have voted for a referendum to make the final decision on euthanasia if the End of Life Choice Bill passes it’s third reading which will happen in November. The successful referendum vote makes it more likely that the Bill will pass as NZ First MPs said they […]

via If euthanasia bill passes it will be decided by referendum — Your NZ

Cannabis poll: Support plummets for legal pot — Family First NZ

 

NZ Herald 17 August 2019Family First Comment: Superb!!“just 39% of responders to a new survey say they will vote yes. And a growing number of Green Party voters – whose party has pushed for the referendum – are saying they are now opposed to the bid to make pot legal.”Similar results to polls on Newshub and ONENews.…

via Cannabis poll: Support plummets for legal pot — Family First NZ

Will there be an abortion referendum? — Kiwiblog

Stuff reports: Justice Minister Andrew Little says he will not be doing a deal with NZ First that would lead to a referendum on proposed abortion law reform.On Tuesday, NZ First leader Winston Peters hinted that his party may only support the Government’s abortion changes if they go to a binding referendum.Little said regardless of what NZ First…

via Will there be an abortion referendum? — Kiwiblog

Prime Minister Applauded for Opposing Euthanasia Referendum — Right to Life New Zealand

 

Right to Life applauds the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern for her leadership in upholding the right of Parliament to make laws rather than abdicating that responsibility to the public in a referendum. The issues surrounding euthanasia and in particular the ill-conceived and life threatening End of Life Choice bill, (ELOCB), are still very poorly understood…

via Prime Minister Applauded for Opposing Euthanasia Referendum — Right to Life New Zealand

Dunne calls ‘sophistry and bollocks’ on party posturing on cannabis referendum — Your NZ

Peter Dunne has blasted the Government and the Opposition, calling their posturing on the proposed cannabis referendum sophistry and bollocks. sohistry: The use of clever but false arguments, especially with the intention of deceiving. bollocks: Nonsense; rubbish (used to express contempt or disagreement, or as an exclamation of annoyance) So quite strong language from Dunne. […]

via Dunne calls ‘sophistry and bollocks’ on party posturing on cannabis referendum — Your NZ

Cannabis referendum – trust the politicians? — Your NZ

Details of what the drafting cannabis law reform will cover looks very promising. It looks like a job well done. Not so well done is that despite what Jacinda Ardern and Andrew Little are trying to assert, it won’t be a binding referendum. They are asking voters to trust that politicians will honour the will […]

via Cannabis referendum – trust the politicians? — Your NZ

Leaked Cabinet paper on cannabis referendum ‘out of date’ — Your NZ

A Cabinet Paper detailing cannabis law reform referendum options has been leaked to the National Party (who insist on misnaming the drug) just before the issue will be considered by Cabinet, but Green MP Chloe Swarbrick says that it is out of date. National: Cabinet Paper shows NZ not ready for (cannabis) referendum A Cabinet […]

via Leaked Cabinet paper on cannabis referendum ‘out of date’ — Your NZ

Cannabis referendum could be untidy — Kiwiblog

One News reports: While the specifics are not yet known, 1 NEWS understands the referendum will be broadly in-line with what the Green Party campaigned on at the 2017 election. It campaigned on legalising possession and cultivation, or growing of plants, for personal use of cannabis and introducing a legal age limit for personal use.…

via Cannabis referendum could be untidy — Kiwiblog

Is a referendum the best way to deal with cannabis law reform? — Your NZ

In theory letting the people decide on whether we liberalise our drug laws in relation to cannabis via a referendum sounds like a good democratic approach, but is it actually the best way to deal with it? One problem is that our politicians do not have experience or a good history of letting the people […]

via Is a referendum the best way to deal with cannabis law reform? — Your NZ

Cabinet will write cannabis referendum question, Jacinda Ardern tells Parliament — Family First NZ

 

TVNZ One News 3 April 2019Family First Comment: “Paula Bennett asked if the Prime Minister thought a cross-party group of backbench MPs (such as Green MPs!!) should be in charge of choosing the question in the referendum. Ms Ardern said the question would instead be chosen by Cabinet.”Good. The question for the cannabis referendum will be…

via Cabinet will write cannabis referendum question, Jacinda Ardern tells Parliament — Family First NZ

Cannabis: I wish this referendum had a third option — Family First NZ

 

Stuff co.nz 11 February 2019Family First Comment: Interesting commentary“As a parent, I am worried about the normalisation of weed – worried that it becomes as common and accepted as seeing a group of workers puffing on cigarettes on the street during smoko/vapo, or passing an outdoor bar filled with jolly drinkers. Some friends visiting from the…

via Cannabis: I wish this referendum had a third option — Family First NZ

Government considering triple referendum: — Your NZ

On Q+A last night Andrew little revealed that the Government is considering a triple referendum that would include questions on Euthanasia, Cannabis and MMP Electoral reform. Hopefully the MMP question would be on lowering the threshold. Little didn’t say whether this would be before or with the next General Election, but I think it would […]

via Government considering triple referendum: — Your NZ

Futile Peters posturing on Māori seats — Your NZ

In May a member’s Bill was drawn that aims to improve protection the Māori seats in Parliament. Winston Peters says he wants the bill to include a referendum or two on whether the Māori seats should be retained at all. Given that it is a Labour Māori MP’s bill, and there is no coalition agreement […]

via Futile Peters posturing on Māori seats — Your NZ

Referendum To Split California Into 3 States Gets On Ballot. Heres What The New Californias Would Look Like. — Daily Wire

A new proposal to break up California into three states received enough signatures on Tuesday to make it onto the November 6 ballot. Now all it takes is a majority of California voters supporting it to start dismantling the country’s most populous, wealthy and radical state.

via Referendum To Split California Into 3 States Gets On Ballot. Here's What The New Californias Would Look Like. — Daily Wire

Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly To Overturn 8th Amendment, Ending Abortion Ban — Daily Wire

After a voter turnout of approximately 64.1%, the results are in for Ireland’s referendum to overturn the nation’s 8th Amendment, which bans abortion. 66.4% voted to overturn the 8th, while 33.6% voted against.

via Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly To Overturn 8th Amendment, Ending Abortion Ban — Daily Wire

Possible double referendum – cannabis and euthanasia — Your NZ

The prospect of a referendum to accept or reject legislation decided in parliament for the personal use of cannabis has already been raised – with the referendum possible by late next year. See Cannabis legislation and referendum in 2019? Now it has been suggested that a similar democratic process be used for euthanasia. Newshub: Kiwis could […]

via Possible double referendum – cannabis and euthanasia — Your NZ

Ireland Is Poised To Legalize Abortion. Here’s What You Need To Know. — Daily Wire

On Friday, Ireland is set to hold a referendum to allow abortion in state hospitals. The 8th Amendment to that country’s constitution recognizes a right to life for babies from conception. The referendum would repeal that amendment, and the government is prepared to push legislation allowing abortion up to 12 weeks. Here’s what you need…

via Ireland Is Poised To Legalize Abortion. Here's What You Need To Know. — Daily Wire

Cannabis legislation and referendum in 2019? — Your NZ

The Government are considering legislation and referendum on the personal use of cannabis in 2019 – they are committed to a referendum by 2020, but legislation followed by a referendum next year would be an excellent approach. This sounds very sensible. The Government should be encouraged to take this approach. The Labour-Green Confidence and Supply […]

via Cannabis legislation and referendum in 2019? — Your NZ

Māori wards and democracy — Your NZ

Five regions have had or are having referendums on whether they should have Māori wards. Councils have decided to introduce wards but referendums have been forced. Palmerston North result: 68.7% AGAINST the establishment of a Māori ward or wards for Palmerston North City Council 30.88% FOR the establishment of a Māori ward or wards for […]

via Māori wards and democracy — Your NZ

Ireland: Abortion Referendum No Longer Has A Sure Victory — Daily Wire

The pro-death crowd in Ireland is slowly losing ground; they no longer have a sure-fire victory on May 25 when the referendum which will decide whether or not abortion should be a constitutional right is voted on.

via Ireland: Abortion Referendum No Longer Has A Sure Victory — Daily Wire

It was never just about same-sex marriage — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

During the debate on Australia’s same-sex marriage postal survey – often incorrectly described as a “referendum”, or a “plebiscite”, when it was neither – proponents steadfastly, hand on heart, swore that it was about gay people getting married and nothing more. Anyone who argued that it might be part of a wider agenda or a…

via It was never just about same-sex marriage — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Euthanasia Referendum Tyranny Disguised As Democracy — Right to Life New Zealand

Media Release 14th January 2018 Right to Life is opposed to the proposal that should the contentious End of Life Choice Bill be passed at its second reading, that Parliament should authorise a binding referendum before the third reading of the bill. The most fundamental medical ethic of not killing or helping patients kill themselves,…

via Euthanasia Referendum Tyranny Disguised As Democracy — Right to Life New Zealand

Does David Seymour feel a bit of a dick now NZ First is supporting his bill? — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

David Seymour spent his election campaign slagging off Winston Peters and NZ First. He must feel a bit of a dick right now, after NZ First announced they will support the euthanasia bill. NZ First has promised to support a contentious euthanasia bill provided a public referendum is attached. ACT Party leader David Seymour’s End of…

via Does David Seymour feel a bit of a dick now NZ First is supporting his bill? — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Anti-smacking referendum dropped during coalition negotiations — Family First NZ

NZ Herald 30 October 2017Family First Comment: Last week Family First reminded NZ First of its 2014 pledge not to enter a coalition without a pledge to have a referendum on the anti-smacking law. “NZ First campaigned strongly on fixing the anti-smacking law – an issue important to many families. We will continue to ask…

via Anti-smacking referendum dropped during coalition negotiations — Family First NZ

Minister for Children wants to repeal anti-smacking law — Kiwiblog

Radio NZ reports: New Zealand First campaigned in 2014 on holding a referendum to repeal the law, saying it was passed in 2007 despite overwhelming public opposition. Ms Martin told Checkpoint with John Campbell that the law had had a chilling effect on parents, including herself. She said she used to smack her children sometimes if they…

via Minister for Children wants to repeal anti-smacking law — Kiwiblog

Dear NZ First, Remember the anti-smacking law? — Family First NZ

26 October 2017 In 2014, NZ First said “NZ First policy is to repeal the anti-smacking law passed by the last parliament despite overwhelming public opposition. Accordingly, we will not enter any coalition or confidence and supply agreement with a party that wishes to ignore the public’s clearly stated view in a referendum on that…

via Dear NZ First, Remember the anti-smacking law? — Family First NZ

Euthanasia Referendum- Just a Tool for Legitimising the Murder of the Vulnerable — Right to Life New Zealand

Media Release Thursday 26th October 2017 Right to Life is opposed to the proposal of New Zealand First that Parliament give approval for a referendum to change the law to allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide. The issue of euthanasia is simply too complex to be put to a public…

via Euthanasia Referendum- Just a Tool for Legitimising the Murder of the Vulnerable — Right to Life New Zealand