First Jones, now Jacinda

Labour is in a pickle. The Greens are out-performing them on many fronts and they don’t like it up ’em to quote Cpl. Jones. Last week it was Shane Jones heaps piles of scorn upon the Greens and today it is Jacinda Ardern:

The issue of gay adoption is set to remain in the spotlight despite a Labour bill looking certain to fail after the Greens refused to back it.

Labour MP Jacinda Ardern’s member’s bill to overhaul New Zealand’s 57-year-old adoption law will be debated by Parliament before the end of the year after being pulled from the member’s ballot.

It requires the Law Commission to use its 350-page review to draft a further bill.

It is now expected to be defeated at its first hurdle after the Greens said they wouldn’t support it because it could take years to change antiquated adoption laws and there was no guarantee gay adoption would be legalised.

Greens MP Kevin Hague yesterday released his own bill following cross-party work with National MP Nikki Kaye, but that legislation has to be picked from the ballot before it goes before Parliament. Labour pulled out of the cross-party group last year.

Ms Ardern said she was disappointed the Greens wouldn’t back her bill. Both pieces of legislation aimed to achieve the same thing, she said. “We’ve just chosen different processes.”

Labour wanted the Law Commission to draft changes because member’s bills didn’t usually tackle such substantive issues and the party didn’t want to duplicate work in its 2000 review.

“I acknowledge my bill is a longer form process, but it has already been drawn from the ballot so it offers an opportunity. We don’t know if or when Kevin’s bill may be drawn.”

Mr Hague said the Greens had decided to introduce their own bill after being advised by officials Ms Ardern’s bill couldn’t be substantively changed as it moved through the parliamentary process

These guys are supposed to be an alternate governing arrangement and yet they can’t even cooperate on something as simple as modernising adoption laws. It says a great deal that Kevin Hague was able to get Nikki Kaye to assist but not Labour.

Kevin Hague has done the right thing, he has pulled back from Ardern’s woeful, ill conceived bill and drafted something proper and more appropriate.


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