His new deputy, Auckland Central Nikki Kaye, voted in favour of abortion law reform and putting euthanasia to a referendum. Muller voted against both.
“My deputy Nikki Kaye is an absolute icon in that context, in terms of liberal thought, and talks to the broad church of the National Party, and why we are the largest and most successful party in this country,” said Muller.
Same-sex marriage was legalised in 2013, before Muller entered Parliament. He didn’t outright say whether he would have voted for or against it, but is “totally relaxed” about it now, in 2020.
“I’m totally relaxed. I’m sure for some of my Catholic colleagues and friends, they might disagree with that. But I never said I was a perfect Catholic – I would be a mixed one at best. Some boxes have been ticked, some perhaps not.
“But it’s personal, and it’s a big part of who I am. I walk on that journey every day, and I’m comfortable as I do it.”
He plans to vote against legalising recreational use of cannabis at the upcoming referendum.