Maori Party whip Te Ururoa Flavell is doing what he can to play down internal divisions that suggested the party could vote against John Key’s Emissions Trading Scheme.
But in light of the divisions that surfaced on stuff, one must wonder why the Maori Party on this crucial piece of legislation is only casting four votes?
The Maori Party need at least 4 MPs in the Parliamentary complex to cast 5 votes, and apparently last night were casting all five. Now they’re casting four votes, making me wonder which two MPs are away or abstaining?
We know Tariana Turia is likely away for medical reasons. But who’s the other MP who’s either buggered off or refusing to vote for the ETS?
PS. Does anyone know if Labour or the Greens have started filibustering to give the Maori Party’s ETS opponents time to organise?