A nice win for Labour and an all too rare example of MMP working as it should. News today…
Mondayising bill expected to pass into law
Mondayising Anzac Day and Waitangi Day is all but a reality after Prime Minister John Key confirmed this morning that he expected a Labour MP’s bill on the matter to pass into law and ruled out using the Government veto on it.
Labour MP David Clark’s members’ bill to allow a day off on a Monday if the two public holidays fall on the weekend is expected to get its second reading in Parliament on Wednesday.
National does not support the bill, claiming it will put too much load on businesses and would detract from the significance of the dates. However, Mr Clark has secured the support of the Maori Party ad United Future as well as Opposition Parties – giving it just enough support to pass without Government support.
Well done David Clark, and well done MP and UF for being prepared to step out from under National’s skirts once and a while (albeit on an issue which is pretty universally popular).
[Key] said it was highly unusual for an Opposition member’s bill to pass without the support of the main governing party, but it would be “disingenuous” for National to start supporting it at this stage. ….
He said it was a marginal call whether the Government could have invoked its veto on the bill – it is allowed to block legislation that has an adverse fiscal impact, as it intended to do with Sue Moroney’s bill to increase paid parental leave.
There would have been no up-side for the Nats if they had tried to block the bill, swallowing this minor rat was really the only option. So, good news for Clark (who is starting to attract a bit of attention for himself) and a good win for Labour and for MMP.