Referendum waste of time, say MPs

NZ Herald Aug 01, 2009

A significant number of MPs will not vote in the smacking referendum, saying it is a “waste of time”, a “waste of money” and the wording is “nonsensical”. In a Weekend Herald survey of 122 politicians, nearly half of the 62 who respondedsaid they would not vote in the referendum and two planned to spoil their ballot papers in protest. Prime Minister John Key and Labour leader Phil Goff had earlier announced they would not vote because the wording of the question was too ambiguous. Most of the 25 MPs following suit also said they were unhappy at the “ambiguous” nature of the wording. Others were not voting because they believed it was a chance for the public to have their say on their issue – not MPs.

Other than the Act MPs – who have opposed the changes to section 59 from the start – only two others openly said they would vote “no” – National’s Tim Macindoe and Cam Calder.

National: David Bennett, Jackie Blue, Chester Borrows, David Carter, Judith Collins, Chris Finlayson, Tim Groser, Nathan Guy, Tau Henare, Steven Joyce, Nikki Kaye, John Key, Todd McClay, Tony Ryall, Katrina Shanks, Nick Smith, Anne Tolley, Chris Tremain, Louise Upston, Michael Woodhouse.
Maori Party: Tariana Turia.
Labour: Phil Goff, Annette King, Trevor Mallard, Damien O’Connor.

* Spoiling ballot paper: Clayton Cosgrove, Rajen Prasad.

Labour: Steve Chadwick, Charles Chauvel, Kelvin Davis, Darien Fenton, Parekura Horomia, Moana Mackey, Su’a William Sio, Maryan Street. Progressives: Jim Anderton.
United Future: Peter Dunne.
Green Party: Sue Bradford, Keith Locke, Kennedy Graham, Metiria Turei, Russel Norman, Jeanette Fitzsimons, Sue Kedgley, Kevin Hague, Catherine Delahunty.
Maori Party: Te Ururoa Flavell (if votes), Hone Harawira, Rahui Katene.

National: Cam Calder, Tim Macindoe.
Act: John Boscawen, David Garrett, Heather Roy.