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All NZ First MPs to 'abstain' from voting

Tue 31 Jul 2012 In: New Zealand Daily News

Winston Peters New Zealand First’s eight MPs will refuse to vote on Louisa Wall’s marriage equality bill, as their leader Winston Peters calls for a referendum on the issue. "We will not be voting for this bill, we will argue for a referendum and we believe there should be enough members of parliament who have got confidence in the public of this country to trust the public to decide this issue after reasonable debate," Peters has told media. Peters added his views on the matter were “irrelevant” and the public should be left to decide. He says all eight MPs have agreed to ‘abstain’ on voting on the Bill despite some of the MPs previously openly stating they were either for or against equality. Peters voted against the Civil Union Bill in 2007.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Tuesday, 31st July 2012 - 2:44pm

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