May 29, 2014
Maori Party scrambles to fix vote
Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell has won permission from parliament to change his party’s vote on Labour MP Sue Moroney's Paid Parental Leave Bill.
The concession means the bill will go through its committee stage before the Government vetoes it.
The party had intended to vote in favour of the bill, but Mr Flavell made a mistake on the proxy form left with National Party whips when he was called away on an urgent family matter.
National then cast the Maori Party’s three votes against the bill.
Labour MP Grant Robertson says MP Pita Sharples had tried to fix the mistake soon after the vote was taken on Wednesday night, but was bullied out of it by National ministers and whip Jami Lee Ross,
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