July 22, 2015
Labour Bill gets second chance
Labour MP Meka Whaitiri’s bill to beef up the Environmental Protection Authority has survived its first challenge and made it to a select committee.
Having lost a seat because of New Zealand First leader Winston Peters’ win in Northland, National no longer has the votes to automatically block bills.
Its support parties the Maori Party and United Future joined the Opposition to vote for the first reading, with just National and Act’s David Seymour opposed.
The bill would amend the Environmental Protection Authority Act to add an additional objective that the organisation must aim to protect, maintain, and enhance New Zealand’s environment.
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