Parliament Rises While Debating Minor Benefit Changes
Parliament Rises While Debating Minor Benefit
The second reading debate on the New
Zealand Productivity Commission Bill was completed with MPs
agreeing it should progress by 111 votes 9 with the Greens
The first reading debate of the Social
Assistance (Living Alone Payments) Amendment Bill was
interrupted when Parliament rose at 10pm.
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