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Key Making Excuses For Not Holding Referendum, Republicans Say

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Wellington, April 27 NZPA - The Republican Movement has accused Prime Minister John Key of making excuses for not holding a referendum on New Zealand's constitutional future.

United Future leader Peter Dunne wants a referendum and said he was tired of hearing people say the change is inevitable without doing anything to bring it about.

Mr Key was asked by Newstalk ZB if he would back a referendum, and said he would not.

He did not support New Zealand becoming a republic.

"There are so many other issues we need to deal with at this time," he said.

"As I have always said in the past one day it's likely New Zealand will become a republic, but I don't think anything is going to happen under my watch."

The Republican Movement said Mr Key was sitting on the fence while Australia planned for a plebiscite in 2010.

"The prime minister should not use the economic and social problems we face as an excuse to do nothing," the movement's chairman Lewis Holden said.

"The Republican Movement's poll last week found support for the monarchy versus a republic is very close -- 45 percent to 43 percent."

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