Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Asset forfeiture: rising from the dead

Last month, the government discharged its Criminal Proceeds and Instruments Bill due to "procedural issues" with proposed amendments on international crime. However, as the bill never received a vote (despite hanging around on the Order Paper for a year), there's no bar in Standing Orders to its reintroduction. And that's exactly what looks to be happening: I received a tip this morning that it would be reintroduced to the House within the next two weeks.

It is difficult to imagine NZ First or United Future opposing this, so if it gets to a vote, it will likely be passed. I guess we just have to hope that Labour accords it the same low priority it received last time round.