Article Title:Civil unions divide Labour
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:14th June 2004 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:2361
Text:The Civil Union bill has divided Labour's caucus, and United Future leader Peter Dunne is crowing that up to 20 of its MPs may vote against it on its first reading. Dunne, who has led a taxpayer-funded media campaign against the bill, says that opposition from National and NZ First MPs is overwhelming, and that the bill may not survive its first reading. Associate Justice Minister David Benson-Pope confirmed that there was opposition within the Labour caucus, but denied that it was as many as 20 MPs. He believes support for the Civil Union and accompanying Omnibus bill will increase once people see what it does. The bill will be tabled next Monday, with first readings three days later on Thursday 24 June.    
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