It was second-time successful for the backers of a petition calling for a Referendum on Sue Bradford's Anti-Smacking laws.
An audit of signatures by the Clerk of the House found there were 310,000 valid signatures... 25,000 more than is needed to force a referendum. An additional 60,000 signatures were collected, after an earlier audit found too many were invalid (incorrect or incomplete details compared with the Electoral Roll, duplicates, or illegible).
Labour claims "next year" would be the best time to hold the referendum, and to hold it as a postal ballot, costing taxpayers million dollars in extra costs.
PM Hillin Cluck incredulously claims it isn't possible to hold the referendum alongside the general election voting, "just in terms of sheer organisation". I struggle to believe this, given that an election date hasn't yet been set, and political parties are still sorting out their lists.
Bradford's bill was supposed to have been a conscience issue, but the Labour Party doesn't like the idea of MPs having consciences, and ordered all their members to vote for the bill.
The vote saw United Future MP Gordon Copeland quit the "family friendly" party, in protest at its support for Bradford's bill, along with Labour's wider "secret agenda" of social engineering.
Posted at 5:50 pm