Will Labour let VSM pass to get to their bill?

So, Labour is putting forward the State-Owned Enterprises and Crown Entities (Protecting New Zealand’s Strategic Assets) Amendment Bill. Effectively, what Labour is trying to do is stop the sale of SOEs. In reality, what it will do is slightly slow down such sales. But regardless, they have tabled this bill. Except the way Labour’s going right now, it won’t be debated before the election. Details of this bill can be found at http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5166431/Labour-bill-to-stop-state-asset-sales.

Labour’s bill is a Private Members Bill. There are only certain times when Private Members Bills are debated. Currently, VSM is on the list of Private Members bills, and would be debated before this SOE bill. But will Labour’s filibustering, we cannot debate VSM. And if we can’t debate VSM and Labour’s bill will be debated after VSM, we can’t debate Labour’s bill.

So what are we going to see? Labour starting to make sense and stop what is effectively a breach of the democratic process? Or will we see them shoot themselves in the foot in order to get their way with VSM? There’s always the possibility that this Private Members Bill is only being put forward so Labour can suggest they aren’t filibustering, because why would they make it so their own bill cannot be debated? But regardless of what it is, this bill will not be debated unless Labour start working by the rules as they were meant, not looking for loopholes to get their way.


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Posted on June 20, 2011, in New Zealand Politics and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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