Withdraw the financial veto certificate against the paid parental leave bill
To: Bill English, Minister of Finance
We request that you withdraw the financial veto certificate against the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave and Work Contact Hours) Amendment Bill.
Why is this important?
The crown financial veto is an archaic provision in Parliament’s Standing Orders which allows the government to veto spending it does not agree with. This week, it was used to veto a bill extending paid parental leave which had the majority support of Parliament. The government could not vote the bill down, so they have issued a financial veto certificate against it.
The certificate will prevent the bill from being voted on. However, Standing Order 327(5) states that a Minister may withdraw a certificate at any time.
The use of the financial veto is undemocratic and unconstitutional. In our democracy, Parliament makes the laws, and it is not the government’s place to tell it what it can and can not legislate on. If Parliament passes a law that the government does not like, the government simply has to lump it. And that applies to laws involving money as well. If the government feels strongly that such a law should not be passed, it has a democratic alternative available: it should declare the issue to be a matter of confidence and stand or fall on the result.
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