The Greens have joined in opposing National’s “Fire at Will” Bill which they say puts “jobs and democracy at stake”. They’re calling on the Maori Party to stand strong in its previous opposition to the bill. Only two years ago Hone Harawira said when voting against it:
[O]ur journey with this bill has not been an easy one, but in the end our commitment to upholding fundamental human rights was a driving force in our decision. We simply could not support removing the right to mediation and dropping the right to appeal bad decisions. The MÄori Party supports the right for everyone in Aotearoa to take a chance, but the risks we would be taking in letting this particular rocket fly are simply too great to be acceptable, and for all these reasons the MÄori Party will be happily voting against this bill.
Hone was the only one of the four previous Maori Party MPs to vote against the bill at every stage – though his colleagues did finally vote against it when it mattered most. Here’s hoping they find the courage to do so again.