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First MMP coalition government to run full term

30 March 2005

Hon Matt Robson MP, Progressive Deputy Leader

MMP comes of age – first coalition government to run full term

The record 965 days in office marked by the Labour-Progressive government today, and confirmation the coalition will be the first since the advent of MMP to run its full term, means our proportional representation voting system has "come of age," says Progressive MP Matt Robson.

"MMP is at last working as it should and for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

"The voting record since the last general election confirms that, on the overwhelming majority of the minority government's legislation, we have managed to build very broad-based Parliamentary majorities to advance the welfare of New Zealand.

"Our record couldn't be more different than the embarrassing performance of the right-wing parties of ACT, NZ First and National who are engulfed in a vicious civil war.

"They can't even co-operate with each other when they are in Opposition without any of the responsibilities or pressures of government," Matt Robson said.

The table below shows that the overwhelming majority of Labour-Progressive legislation has enjoyed the support of more than one Opposition party, even though in reality government legislation only requires one opposition party's support to be successful.

Date Legislation Labour Progressive Government support provided by
     
1 18 Sep '02 Social Security (Personal Development and Employment) Amendment United Future, Green
2 03 Oct '02 Customs and Excise Amendment United Future, Green
3 08 Oct'02 Taxation (Relief, Refunds and Miscellaneous Provisions) United Future, Green
4   Civil Defence Emergency Management United Future, Green, NZ First , National
5   Terrorism Suppression United Future, ACT, NZ First, National
6   Crown Organisations (Criminal Liability) United Future, Green, NZ First
7 13 Nov '02 Climate Change Response Green
8 19 Nov '02 Appropriation (2002/03 Estimates) United Future
9  

Securities Amendment

United Future, Green, NZ First
10   Securities Markets Amendment United Future, Green, NZ First
11   Takeovers Amendment United Future, Green, NZ First
12   Trade Marks United Future, Green
13 05 Dec '02 Education (Tertiary Reform) Amendment Green
14  

Industry Training Amendment

Green
15 12 Dec '02 Animal Welfare Amendment United Future, ACT, NZ First, National
16 17 Dec '02 Local Government United Future, Green
17   Local Electoral United Future, Green
18   Health & Safety in Employment Amendment Green
19 27 Feb '03 Television New Zealand United Future, Green
20 19 Mar '03 Appropriation (2001/02 Financial Review) United Future, Green
21 25 Mar'03 Taxation (Maori Organisations, Taxpayer Compliance and Miscellaneous Provisions) United Future, Green
22   Taxation (Annual Rates of Income Tax 2002-03) United Future, Green
23   Student Loan Scheme Amendment United Future, Green
24   Child Support Amendment United Future, Green
25 27 Mar'03 Government Communications Security Bureau United Future, ACT, NZ First, National
26 01 Apr'03 Land Transport (Unauthorised Street and Drag Racing) Amendment United Future, NZ First, National
27   Motor Vehicle Sales United Future, Green, National
28   The Treaty of Waitangi Amendment United Future, Green, NZ First, National
29   Social Workers Registration United Future, Green, NZ First, National
30 01 May '03 Ngati Ruanui Claims Settlement United Future National, NZ First, Green
31 06 May '03 Maori Television Service Green, Donna Awatere
32   Customs and Excise (Alcoholic Beverages) Amendment United Future, Green
33 13 May '03 Resource Management Amendment (No. 2) United Future
34   Approval of Order under Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 United Future, National, NZ First, ACT
35 12 Jun '03 Debate on performance and current operations of Crown entities, public organisations and State enterprises United Future, Green*

* subsequently the Green Party altered their vote to oppose the motion

36   Minimum Wage Amendment NZ First, Green
37 18 Jun '03 Appropriation (2002/03 Supplementary Estimates) United Future
38   Imprest Supply (First For 2003/04) United Future
39   NZ Trade and Enterprise United Future, National, NZ First
40 26 Jun '03 Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and and Compensation Amendment Green
41 01 Jul '03 Immigration Amendment (No. 2) United Future
42   Fair Trading Amendment (No 3) United Future, National, NZ First, Green
43   Commerce Amendment United Future, NZ First, Green
44   Consumer Guarantees Amendment United Future, NZ First, Green
45   Fair Trading Amendment United Future, NZ First, Green
46   Sale of Goods Amendment United Future, NZ First, Green
47   Crimes Amendment (No. 6) United Future, National, NZ First, ACT
48   Wool Industry Restructuring United Future, National, NZ First, ACT
49 29 Jul '03 State Sector Amendment United Future, Green
50 06 Aug '03 Appropriation (2003/04 Estimates) United Future
51 14 Aug '03 Crown Minerals Amendment Green
52 04 Sep '03 Immigration Amendment United Future
53 11 Sep '03 Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Medicines Amendment United Future, Green
54   Gambling United Future
55 14 Oct '03 Supreme Court Green
56   * Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Amendment United Future, National, ACT
57   Agricultural Compounds and United Future, National, ACT
58   Veterinary Medicines Amendment (No. 2) United Future, National, ACT
59   Medicines Amendment (No. 2) United Future, National, ACT
60  * * Bio security Amendment (No. 2)
* * note the Progressives voted against
United Future, National, ACT
61 21 Oct '03 Crimes Amendment United Future, National, NZ First, ACT
62   Terrorism Suppression Amendment United Future, National, NZ First, ACT
63   Misuse of Drugs Amendment United Future, National, NZ First, ACT
64   NZ Security Intelligence Service Amendment United Future, National, NZ First, ACT
65   Sentencing Amendment United Future, National, NZ First, ACT
66   Summary Proceedings Amendment United Future, National, NZ First
67   Copyright (Parallel Importation of Films and Onus of Proof) Amendment United Future, NZ First, Green
68   Retirement Villages United Future, National, NZ First, Green
69   Criminal Investigations (Bodily Samples) Amendment United Future National, NZ First, ACT
70   Wine United Future, National, NZ First, Green
71   Criminal Procedure (Mentally Impaired Persons) United Future, Green
72 06 Nov '03 Land Transport Management United Future, Green
73 13 Nov '03 Dog Control Amendment United Future, National, NZ First, Green
74 18 Nov '03 Children 's Commissioner United Future, National, NZ First, Green
75 19 Nov '03 Taxation (Annual Rates of Income Tax 2003-04) United Future
76 20 Nov '03 Ngati Tama Claims Settlement United Future, National, NZ First, Green, Awatere
77 11 Dec '03 Families Commission United Future
78 16 Dec '03 Holidays NZ First, Green
79 25 Feb '04 Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Amendment United Future, National, NZ First
80 26 Feb '04 Resource Management (Energy and Climate Change) Amendment United Future, Green
81 02 Mar '04 Health (National Cervical Screening Programme Amendment) United Future, National, NZ First, ACT
82 17 Mar '04 Resource Management (Aquaculture Moratorium Extension) Amendment United Future, NZ First, Green
83 30 Mar '04 State Sector Amendment United Future, NZ First
84   Radio New Zealand Amendment United Future, Green
85   Telecommunications (Interception Capability) United Future, National, NZ First, ACT, Awatere
86   New Zealand Symphony Orchestra United Future, NZ First, Green
87   Sale of Liquor Amendment United Future, National, NZ First, Green
88 06 Apr '04 Reserve Bank Funding Agreement United Future, NZ First, Green
89 08 Apr '04 Income Tax United Future, National, NZ First, Green
90 09 Apr '04 No Confidence motion United Future
91 11 May’04 Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Green
92 13 May '04 Judicial Conduct Commissioner and Judicial Conduct Panel
Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Amendment (No. 2)
Courts Martial Appeals Amendment (No. 2)
District Courts Amendment (No. 3)
Employment Relations Amendment
Family Courts Amendment
Judicature Amendment (No.2)
Resource Amendment Bill (No. 2)
Summary Proceedings Amendment (No. 2)
Te Ture Whenua Maori Amendment
Green
93   Forests Amendment United Future, National, Green
94 26 May '04 Corrections Bill Green
95 27 May '04 Social Security (Working for Families) United Future, Green
96   Taxation (Working for Families) United Future, NZ First, Green
97 17 June '04 Appropriation (2004/05 Estimates) United Future
98   Appropriation (2003/04 Supplementary Estimates) and United Future
99 23 June '04 Imprest Supply (First for 2004/05) United Future
100 29 June '04 Customs and Excise Amendment Green
101   Immigration Amendment United Future, National, NZ First, ACT, Awatere
102   Local Government (Auckland) Amendment United Future, NZ First, Green
103   Parole (Extended Supervision) Amendment United Future, National, Green * (* 5 Green MPs supported, 4 opposed)
104   Sentencing Amendment (No. 2) United Future, National, Green * (* 5 Green MPs supported, 4 opposed)
105   Mercenary Activities (Prohibition) United Future, Green
106 05 August '04 Fisheries Amendment (No 4) United Future, National, NZ First, ACT
107 12 August '04 Building United Future, NZ First, Green
108 24 August '04 Appropriation (2004/05) Estimates) and Imprest Supply (Second for 2004/05) United Future
109   Education (Export Education Levy) Green
110 01 September '04 Fisheries Amendment (No. 3) Green
111 09 September '04 Resource Management (Waitaki Catchment) United Future, NZ First, Maori
112 16 September '04 Te Ture Whenua Maori Amendment (2) United Future, National, NZ First, Maori
113 13 October '04 Electricity Amendment (No. 2)
Electricity Industry Reform Amendment
Commerce Amendment (No. 3)
Gas Amendment (No. 2)
Crown Minerals Amendment (No. 2)
United Future, Green
114 19 October '04 Holiday Amendment United Future
115   Employment Relations Amendment (2)
Health and Safety in Employment Amendment (No. 2)
Human Rights Amendment
Green, Maori
116 03 November '04 Parental Leave and Employment Protection United, Green
117 09 November '04 Care of Children Green
118   Status of Children Amendment Green
119 16 November '04 Foreshore and Seabed NZ First
120   Resource Management (Foreshore and Seabed) NZ First
121 30 November '04

Civil Aviation Amendment (No. 2)
Land Transport Amendment (No. 2)
Land Transport Management Amendment
Maritime Transport Amendment

United, NZ First, Green
122   Government notice of motion - suspension of Standing Order 259 (Resource Management and Electricity Legislation Amendment) United, NZFirst
123 14 December '04 Resource Management Amendment (No. 4) Fisheries Amendment (No. 5)
Conservation Amendment (No. 2)
Biosecurity Amendment (No. 3)
Maori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement
Te Ture Whenua Aquaculture Reform (Repeals and Transitional Provisions)
United, NZ First, Green
124   Taxation (Venture Capital, Miscellaneous)
Taxation (Annual Rates of Income Tax 2004-05)
United Future
125   Public Finance Amendment United Future
126   State Sector Amendment (No. 4)
Green
127   Government notice of motion - establishment of committee to review New Zealand's existing constitutional arrangements. United, ACT, Green

ENDS

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