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Oil Levy Bill Completes Committee Stage

The committee stage of the Energy (Fuels, Levies, and References) Amendment Bill was completed just before the dinner adjournment.

The bill expands the purpose of the Petroleum or Engine Fuel Monitoring Levy to include the cost of meeting the oil stockholding treaty obligation. It will help meet an obligation of about $10 million by 2016-17, and a shortfall of around about $20 million over the next 3 years. The levy will increase the price of petrol about 0.045 cents per litre.

New Zealand’s international treaty obligations require it to have 90 days of oil reserves. This is met with the holding of ‘tickets’ for offshore supplies which the levy will fund.

It was only opposed by NZ First at the second reading stage and completed its committee stage with NZ First still opposed

Amendments proposed to exempt biofuel were defeated by 63 to 57 with National, Maori Party, ACT and United Future opposed.

The bill was reported without amendment.

This evening MPs will debate the committee stage of the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 2)

The bill was introduced in 2007 with a select committee report back in 2008. It makes small policy amendments and many technical amendments to the complex and prescriptive Gambling Act 2003.

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