If it wasn’t for National’s right to veto anything that isn’t budgeted for, this could be another one to run away from what was supposed to be a majority government.
These problems are only arising now because of Steve Joyce’s stuff up in Northland.
Labour MP Sue Moroney has had a second bill for 26 weeks paid parental leave drawn from the ballot — and NZ First leader Winston Peters’ win in Northland means this time the bill may not be voted down.
Ms Moroney’s Paid Parental Leave Bill was one of four drawn from the member’s bill ballot today and follows on from a similar bill she put up in the last Parliamentary term.
Ms Moroney had enough support to pass that last term — which would have forced National to use its financial veto to block it. However, after the 2014 election National and Act had just enough votes to vote it down and it was defeated in February.
Mr Peters’ win in the Northland byelection means National has one fewer vote and NZ First has one more, so Moroney has enough support to pass it again if NZ First, the Maori Party and United Future’s Peter Dunne continue to support it. Read more »