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Majority of submitters want cap on referendum spending

Majority of submitters want cap on referendum spending
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, July 22 NZPA - The public information campaign about the referendum on MMP should be started early next year before people get too distracted by the rugby World Cup, politicians were told today.

Spending caps needed to ensure faith in referendum

Spending caps needed to ensure faith in referendum
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, July 12 NZPA - Limits on how much money people spend arguing their view on MMP are needed or people might not trust the outcome and another referendum might be needed, an electoral expert says.

Don't put MMP on used car lot - expert

By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, June 24 NZPA - Rather than kicking the tyres of MMP, the Government is putting the whole car up for sale, a political expert says.

Referendum bill passes first reading

Referendum bill passes first reading
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - The bill that sets up a referendum on the MMP electoral system passed its first reading in Parliament today on a unanimous vote. The referendum will be held at the same time as the 2011 general election.

Govt brings electoral referendum bill to Parliament

Wellington, March 25 NZPA - The Government has introduced a bill to Parliament which allows the 2011 referendum on the electoral system to take place.

Lobby Group Election Limits Set To Be Battleground

Lobby Group Election Limits Set To Be Battleground
Wellington, Feb 17 NZPA - Changes could be made to the Government's proposed election finance rules if political parties could agree on the them, Justice Minister Simon Power said today.

Key Thinks Proportional Representation Here To Stay

Key Thinks Proportional Representation Here To Stay
Wellington, Feb 17 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key doesn't think voters will abandon proportional representation when they get the chance to decide in a referendum that will be held at the same time as the next general election.

Lobby Group Election Limits Set To Be Battleground

Lobby Group Election Limits Set To Be Battleground
Wellington, Feb 16 NZPA - Removing limits on how much lobby groups can spend supporting their political allies during election campaigns is set to be a political battleground again.

Government Releases Referendum Details

Government Releases Referendum Details
Wellington, Feb 16 NZPA - The Government has released proposed wording for next year's referendum on MMP putting up four alternative systems for voters to consider. The proposed questions are: Part A Should the current MMP voting system be retained?

Election Finance Decisions Released

Wellington, Feb 16 NZPA - Proposed reforms of election spending include removing spending campaign limits on parallel campaigning, but requiring those who spend more than $12,000 to register, Justice Minister Simon Power said today.

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