John Key may be “relaxed” over losing Northland to Winston Peters, but it’s changed the dynamics of parliament.
Sue Moroney is having another go at getting her paid parental leave bill through parliament.
The Labour MP had the numbers to pass it in the previous parliament but the government managed to hold it up until the election.
After the election it was able to defeat the bill on a tied vote of 60-60, but Winston Peters’ Northland victory has changed the maths.
Ms Moroney could now count on 61 votes from Labour, the Greens, NZ First, the Maori Party and United Future.
The government would have 60 – National’s 59 and one from ACT.
Ms Moroney wants paid parental leave extended from 16 weeks to 26 weeks.
She’s going to update the previous one and put it in the member’s bill ballot.
It won’t get to parliament until it’s drawn from the ballot, and there are 66 others in the box.
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