Friday, February 28, 2014

Reported back

The Government Administration Committee has reported back on the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months' Paid Leave) Amendment Bill, and been unable to reach any agreement. There was some hope that National would back the bill after it asked for it to be delayed so it could consider its position, but it turned out that was just a delaying tactic; National opposes the bill, and voted down any amendments to it. Bad faith? All in a day's work for Chris Auchinvole, Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, and Eric Roy...

3,795 of 3,809 submitters supported the bill. It has a Parliamentary majority. But National looks like it will squash it with an unconstitutional financial veto. That's what the right means in New Zealand now: stomping democracy to keep the poor in poverty.