Justice Minister Andrew Little says he will not be doing a deal with NZ First that would lead to a referendum on proposed abortion law reform.
On Tuesday, NZ First leader Winston Peters hinted that his party may only support the Government’s abortion changes if they go to a binding referendum.
Little said regardless of what NZ First did, he would not be doing a deal with them in exchange for a referendum, RNZ reported. Instead, he would rely on support from MPs from all parties to back his changes.
If Little doesn’t back down, I suspect it will pass first reading comfortably – even if NZ First vote against. It could get tighter for later readings though.