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In Work Benefit Bill Defeated

The Income Tax (Universalisation of In-work Tax Credit) Amendment Bill was defeated at its first reading by 61 to 60 with National, ACT and United Future opposed.

This bill sought to make the “In Work’’ tax credit payable to those on benefits.

The Green Party, which sponsored the bill, put pressure on United Future MP Peter Dunne to back the bill to select committee. However Dunne said during the week the bill would remove a financial incentive for beneficiaries to work.

Earlier the third readings of the Mount Maunganui Borough Reclamation and Empowering Act Repeal Bill and the Riccarton Bush Amendment Bill, then the second reading of the Waitaki District Council Reserves and Other Land Empowering Bill were all completed on a voice vote.

This evening MPs will hold the first reading debate on the Oaths and Declarations (Upholding the Treaty of Waitangi) Amendment Bill and Local Government (Public Libraries) Amendment Bill.


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