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Labour suffers humiliating loss in bill vote

14 September 2006

Labour suffers humiliating loss in bill vote

National Party Welfare spokeswoman Judith Collins says Labour has suffered a humiliating loss in front of the social services select committee.

"Labour's totally lost control of its legislative agenda. This is a Government that is limping from one fiasco to the next. They have the numbers on this committee, but their whips can't count."

Ms Collins is referring to a select committee vote that was supposed to have taken place yesterday on the Social Security (Long-term Residential Care) Amendment Bill.

"The Government is now in the embarrassing situation of not being able to pass amendments to their own bill through the select committee process.

"This is startling incompetence. Tim Barnett left early and Lynn Pillay was late."

National is opposing the bill, which would introduce a cap on how much residential care providers can charge residents.

"The introduction of a pricing cap would reduce consumer choice. It is the latest example of an interfering Government that thinks it always knows best, even when the taxpayer is making a personal choice to spend their own money."

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