Wednesday, June 14, 2006

More absenteeism

While I'm on the subject, according to Radio NZ, the Waste Minimisation (Solids) Bill was passed on a 68 - 51 vote. Doing the maths, that means Labour, Progressives, Greens, Maori Party and NZ First lined up against National and United Future. Guess who's missing from this picture?

That's right - ACT didn't turn up to vote. Again. I wonder what their excuse is now, now that they're both no longer distracted by guns and dancing respectively?


I was in Question time and Act were there then.
Hide was talking shit to the Speaker as usual.
Maybe they abstained?

Posted by Anonymous : 6/15/2006 05:37:00 AM

He might have popped out for a meeting and missed the vote, but its a bit of a bad look. Now Heather is back, you'd think they'd take their job seriously enough that at least one of them would be there.

Posted by Idiot/Savant : 6/15/2006 08:32:00 AM

Waste minimisation at the next election by voting out ACT, I say.

Posted by Hans Versluys : 6/15/2006 11:14:00 AM

51 + 2 = 53

68 c.f 53 = big friggin majority. Bill still goes through, on FIRST READING!!!!

Really, what use is 53 against, compared with 51 against, on the first reading?

Posted by Gooner : 6/15/2006 10:11:00 PM

Gooner: its two votes more for a start.

But you're right. I don't know why we bother with having an Opposition at all. let's just sack the lot of them, because clearly they don't do any good [/sarcasm, for the impaired]

Posted by Idiot/Savant : 6/15/2006 10:38:00 PM

Well if you ask me I don't think Act should be a dyed in the wool opposition to the Labour led gov't.

Posted by Gooner : 6/16/2006 09:42:00 PM

Gooner: then its even more important that they actually show up to vote, so people can see where they actually stand.

And while we're at it, ACT missed another confidence vote - the Appropriation (2005/06 Supplementary Estimates) Bill on Tuesday. Plus some other legislation later in the night - though I note they were there for the Housing Restructuring and Tenancy Matters (Information Matching) Amendment Bill.

No news on the other Member's Bills yet.

Posted by Idiot/Savant : 6/16/2006 11:14:00 PM