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Parties Support Referendum On MMP

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Wellington, Oct 20 NZPA - The Government's announcement that there will be a referendum on MMP has been supported by other parties in Parliament.

* Labour leader Phil Goff said it was appropriate after having MMP in place for nearly 15 years.

"If we are going to get any constitutional change, then it needs to be approved by a binding referendum. That's the appropriate way to go, just as we brought in MMP in the first instance," he said.

The party's electoral reform spokesman, David Parker, suggested one of the alternative options on the referendum paper should be "improvements to MMP".

* ACT leader Rodney Hide said he agreed with holding a referendum, although his party depends on proportional representation to hold more than one seat in Parliament.

"ACT's got a history of voting for what's good for New Zealand, not what's good for ACT."

* United Future leader Peter Dunne said a referendum was long overdue.

"New Zealanders believe they were promised an opportunity to have their say within MMP's first 10 years, many were disappointed they did not get that chance," he said.

"I would have preferred a referendum independent of a general election to be held in 2010."

* The Greens agreed with holding the referenda at the same time as general elections.

"We also agree that people need to have a choice between MMP and a specific alternative and it is great to see that this has been provided for," said co-leader Metiria Turei.

"However, it's only fair that the referendum questions be developed by an independent process with full public input."

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