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Dunne Sets Out His Republic Plan In A Book

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Peter Dunne
Peter Dunne

Wellington, Sept 23 NZPA - MP Peter Dunne's proposed timetable for New Zealand to become a republic is set out in a book he launched tonight.

The United Future leader has previously explained it could take only five years and the New Zealand Republican Handbook explains how.

He is proposing a three-stage process:

* A binding referendum as early as next year on whether New Zealanders want to have their own head of state;

* If they say yes, a further binding referendum in 2012 on whether the head of state should be elected or appointed and the confirm the powers of the head of state; and

* Transition to a republic could occur during the Parliamentary term beginning in 2014.

Mr Dunne said the timetable was "realistic and achievable" and allowed maximum public involvement.

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