Labour Leader Phil Goff is reported calling for a referendum on the proposals for reform of Auckland local government. His media release on the subject is here.
The National-ACT government now faces a simple choice: will it let Aucklanders have their say, or not?
If the answer is no, then National isn't listening.
I had some sympathy with the Royal Commission drafting simple legislation that didn't include the consultation processes that are already in the law, because it had consulted on what it was proposing.
National tore up the Commission's report. It is proposing a new model that has had no consultation at all. Aucklanders deserve real input into that, and if the model stands as proposed by the Government, then we need the chance to vote it down.
National-ACT are already sending signals that they don't want a referendum. What are they scared of? The people making a decision?
Pretty strange thing for listening politicians to do, isn't it. Oh, wait - they aren't listening after all...