8 Jul 2013

Petition seeking referendum to be presented again

12:15 pm on 8 July 2013

Campaigners hoping to force a referendum on state asset sales will again present their petition to Parliament on Monday.

The Keep Our Assets coalition had to collect more signatures after it first presented the petition, because the Clerk of the House found 100,000 of them to be invalid.

That put the group 16,500 short of the 308,000 valid signatures required to trigger a referendum.

The Green Party, which is part of the Keep Our Assets coalition, says at least 45,000 extra signatures have been collected. A petition organiser, Grey Power president Roy Reid, says he is fairly confident that this time they have got the required number of signatures.

The petition was due be presented about lunchtime and will again be checked by the Clerk of the House to ensure it has enough valid signatures.