Opposition Bills defeated in Parliament
Four opposition bills have been defeated in Parliament on their first readings, in quick succession.
First up yesterday evening was a Green Party bill that would have set "fair and reasonable" power purchase agreements for surplus electricity generated by small-scale operators.
The Greens, Labour, NZ First and the Maori Party supported it.
National, ACT and United Future opposed it: Defeated 61-60.
Next up was a Labour bill drafted to raise the threshold of how much people can earn before their benefit is reduced.
Parties voted the same way as they did on the first bill: Defeated 61-60.
The Greens had another bill on the order paper, which would have required public fund managers to divest from companies directly involved in the exploration, mining and production of fossil fuels.
The Greens, Labour and the Maori Party supported it.
National, NZ First, ACT and United Future opposed it: Defeated 73-48.
A second Labour bill would have increased oversight of telecommunications security by creating a technical advisory board to assist ministers.
Labour, the Greens and NZ First supported it.
National, the Maori Party, ACT and United Future opposed it: Defeated 63-58.