Labour is filibustering in the house on the Auckland super-city enabling legislation. The would-be dictator of Auckland’s future for the next year and a half, says
Mr Hide says the amendments are a waste of time, as the Government has the numbers to defeat them.
Correct for this particular battle. However it is the war that counts.
However Rodney and NACT have been doing everything in their power to avoid debate on the super-city. Most recently by refusing to release the legislation to the opposition until shortly before the bill went into committee under urgency. Presumably this was to ensure that there was insufficient attention paid to the detail of the bill, which must make even hardened National MP’s worry about its scope.
It looks like Labour have done the correct thing for that type of bad parliamentary behaviour both over the bills, and over the rushed and inadequate consideration that NACT have done on the super-city. Hell NACT still haven’t costed the transition costs to what they are proposing in the next two bills.
Labour have made the appropriate response and slowed the pace to allow more consideration within the framework of rules. This will continue for the next 18 months as Aucklanders fight to regain the control of their city that this legislation removes. Rodney, expect a whole lot of submissions to the select committee in the next phase.
Update: The bill is here (PDF)
In the meantime, it looks like National MP’s aren’t that good in public meetings. Here are some to go to and express your mood.
National MPs and the Hon John Carter, Associate Minister of Local Government, are beginning a series of
public meetings to hear your views on the proposed changes to local government in Auckland.