Labour’s Kelvin Davis has a bill in the private members ballot tin. It’s the non-fatal strangulation amendment. This is clearly needed, because Assault, or Assault with intent to injure simply don’t cut it.
You’ll love the complexity of the Bill. It runs on for pages and pages, and it clearly is important enough for Parliament to spend $400,000 of time and resources debating it. This is clearly not a “waste”.
Here is the whole bill (minus the title page, the title, the Act name)
So as you can see, it’s a substantial piece of legislation, and none of the following are sufficient to do the job.
Well done Labour, Kelvin specifically, for entering a private members Bill that is substantial, needed, clearly needs to be debated at length in the house, and can be defended against any accusation of being a waste of taxpayers money.
Labour have in fact entered many such important and substantial bills:
Poorly titled, it should really be called Enabling better access to children for pedos Bill. But let us focus once again on the substance of this bill. The fact it needs substantial debate in Parliament, and $400,000 of taxpayers funds in salaries and overheads to ensure a good solid law change results.
Brace yourself, this is a huge bill, it runs on and on, but we want to show you all the facts. Here it is, without the title page, the name of the bill, etc, etc,
That’s self explanatory as to the substantial nature of the bill. The fact that it doesn’t waste Parliament’s time, etc, etc.
You can see why Labour are so upset about Korako and Doocey’s Bills, can’t you? They set the standard, and National are clearly clogging up the works with …
… ok, enough of this.
Serious question: Why isn’t the media mocking Labour? Why are they using this as an attack vector on the Government? Where is the balancing comment? (Other than at Whaleoil, again).
It’s not just Labour, of course:
…the total relevant extent of which is:
and Labour again
Amendment Bill. Amendment Bill. Amendment Bill. Amendment Bill. Amendment Bill.