Lizzie Marvelly's column (Opinion, August 10) about referenda being costly and time-consuming needs a clear response.

Democracy is a precious gift. Our forefathers and foremothers - both Māori and European - fought and served for this country against the tyranny of two world wars to protect our rights as citizens of this country to have our say on who governs us and what we want to see happen.

Euthanasia, abortion, and cannabis law reform are too life-changing for just 120 parliamentarians to exercise their conscience votes on. They are saying they know better.
Well, they don't. Four million

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