Story: Referendums

Peter Shirtcliffe handing out anti-MMP leaflets

Peter Shirtcliffe handing out anti-MMP leaflets

Peter Shirtcliffe, leader of the lobby group Campaign for Better Government (CBG), hands out anti-MMP leaflets in Wellington in October 1993. The CBG was formed in 1993 to campaign in opposition to the MMP (mixed-member proportional) electoral system in the run-up to the constitutional referendum. Shirtcliffe was the chairman of Telecom and the CBG was well-funded, reportedly spending $1.5 million. The CBG's campaign may have increased public support for the FPP (first-past-the-post) system, but it was unable to prevent MMP winning the referendum.

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Nigel Roberts, 'Referendums - Constitutional referendums', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/36961/peter-shirtcliffe-handing-out-anti-mmp-leaflets (accessed 31 March 2020)

Story by Nigel Roberts, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 30 Aug 2016