I have somewhat mixed feelings about referenda. In principle, I believe in them and they fit my ideas about democracy and personal responsibility. At the same time, I am sensitive to the risk of emotional and uninformed decision-making by the unwashed masses. I have been going back and forth on this since it was raised here and I'm still not sure. A problem for me is that I don't have a whole lot of confidence in the decision-making qualities of our politicians. On something this important, I would want to see a process that actually looked at all the evidence as dispassionately as possible and came up with an informed result not influenced by prejudice, lobby groups, emotion or special interests. Is that even possible?
Watch Parliament TV for a few weeks and you will seriously doubt if there is sufficient grey matter to in the Beehive to make such a decision either.