Luxon was grilled about Seymour’s comments at a press conference in Auckland on Thursday. The Prime Minister was questioned about how much taxpayer money is being wasted on the Bill if it’s just going to get knocked down at the first reading.
“Look, I’m not sure,” Luxon said of the potential cost. “But, as you know, we’ve made a commitment that we will pursue it through to the first reading, there is no commitment, no intention and no support beyond that.”
When asked about Seymour calling him “nervous”, Luxon didn’t agree with the ACT leader’s comments.
“I wouldn’t say that but, what I will say very clearly, is that it’s very important to the ACT Party and the ACT supporters that they want to have a referendum on the Treaty Principles, that’s strongly held by the ACT Party,” Luxon said.
“Equally strongly held by the National Party is that we do not want to do a referendum on the Treaty Principles Bill – a long-standing position of the National Party. The reality of the Coalition agreement is we have come to a compromise.
“We will do a Bill through to first reading but there will be no further support, commitment beyond that.”