After changes to New Zealand’s abortion laws were announced, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters confirms that the party will seek to empower the public to decide on these changes through a binding referendum rather than a conscience vote among members of Parliament.
Despite not having the support of Justice Minister Andrew Little, Mr. Peters has reiterated NZ First’s commitment to direct democracy through binding referendum.
"Everybody has known since our party's formation, it's part of our 15 founding principles since 1993, on these issues we go to a referendum. We got to the caucus [on Tuesday] with all the details of the draft being there before us in all its finality, and that came up, and that was expected", he said.
A supplementary order paper (SOP) requiring a binding referendum on the issue of euthanasia was also put forward by NZ First, as is the party’s policy with conscience issues.