The Conservative Party sees Binding Citizens Initiated Referenda as a means of adding a safeguard to our democracy. We see it as a tool to reign in government when they do not seem to be obeying the wishes of the people who elected them.



The Conservative Party is committed to:

* Holding a government sponsored binding referendum aiming to make CIR binding on government when there is a greater than 2/3rds majority response in favour of a CIR proposal;

* Removing conscience voting from Parliament and seeing decisions normally made by conscience vote made by the people of New Zealand according to their conscience via binding referenda; 

* Changing the threshold of signatures needed to trigger a referendum from 10% of registered voters, to 5% of the number who voted in the most recent General Election, in the same way a party can have representation in Parliament with 5% of the party vote;

* Ensuring a referendum is fairly representative of the electorate before it can be considered binding on the government, by requiring that a minimum of 33.3% of eligible voters cast a valid referendum vote; 

* Making sure all referenda questions are sufficiently specific to ensure that there is no ambiguity in what is proposed, so that Parliament will act on the people’s clear wishes;

* Seeing that where a CIR proposal contains multiple parts, each part should stand as a separate question requiring a yes or no answer; 

* Increasing  the expenditure allowed for those who are seeking to trigger a referendum through petition from $50,000 + GST to $100,000 + GST, this amount to be indexed to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) thereafter;

* Ensuring that all participants taking part in educating the public following the successful activation of a referendum be entitled to spend $100,000 (CPI indexed)  plus $0.50 per voter signature acquired in the petition + GST, to educate the public as to the policy outcomes for referendum. If the referendum is successful, the proposer will be refunded those expenses, up to a maximum of $100,000 incurred in promoting the referenda; 

* Using local body and general elections as times to hold referenda to reduce cost, wherever possible;

* Continually assess whether or not electronic voting is secure enough to hold referenda.