November 30, 2022
Three waters entenchment stunt revisited
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she’s prepared to let parliament have another look at the entrenchment clause in the Water Entities Bill.
The clause, which was added to the bill at last week’s committee stage through a supplementary order paper from Green Party environment spokesperson Eugenie Sage, required a 60 percent vote of parliament to change aspects of the law which block privatisation of water assets.
Ms Ardern says the clause has alarmed some with a constitutional law background.
She says she will ask parliament’s Business Committee to discuss whether it was proper to use entrenchment.
“Labour is very, very clear – we do not want to see, ever, the privatisation of water assets. There are a number of initiatives in the bill itself with prevent that from occurring,” Ms Ardern says.
Entrenchment at 75 percent is usually only a part of electoral law.