Russel Norman has tried to force a hold on the Mixed Ownership Model Bill until the outcome of a referendum is known.
A referendum that we don’t even know will happen or not.
I’ve also been asked about this on blogs, in this case by “John M”:
Is this why you don’t support even arguing for holding off on the sales until the result of the referendum (as a compromise to Dunne pulling the pin on the legislation)?
We don’t even know if there will be any referendum. It would be ridiculous to set as precedent of holding off any legislation pending the possibility of a referendum.
Apart from making a nionsense of our democratic process it would encourage even more abuse of CIR as a means of massive filibustering.
If we had a Labour/Green led government do you think they would put CGT legislation on hold for a couple of years to wait for the possibility there could be a referendum that could indicate majority opposition that they could ignore anyway?
Do you think any government legislation should be put on hold if a referendum is promoted as a possibility by opposition parties?
I think it would make a mockery of our democracy.
If the Greens got into a position of pivotal power would they delay addressing “child poverty” until a referendum had been held? Did Greens and Labour wait until the results of a referendum to decide how to vote on a “smacking” bill?
They are playing politics. And abusing taxpayer money to fund an extended election campaign, as illustrated in this comment yesterday from Robert Guyton:
The referendum will reflect the country’s real feelings and will come at a time when it counts – just prior to the election. Perfect. Bye bye Mr Dunne. Bye Mr Key. Sayonara.
The referendum looks like it has been hijacked by opposition parties using it as a massive taxpayer funded campaign tool for 2014.
That is highly unethical and a a cynical and hypocritical abuse of both taxpayer money and the Citizen Initiated Referendum.