The Government won the first confidence vote of the year by 64 to 56 on Wednesday.
Following the debate on the Prime Minister’s Statement to Parliament two amendments to the confidence motion were put.
The motion of Brendan Horan (to delete all words after “Government” and to substitute “providing that Government delivers an unequivocal commitment to New Zealand children and to ensuring they can grow up to be great New Zealanders, and requires the John Key-led administration to present such a commitment to the House”) was rejected without a vote.
The amendment in the name of Andrew Williams (to delete all words after “Government” and to substitute “only if the Government refrains from selling State-owned assets and addresses unemployment and the overvalued New Zealand dollar”) was rejected by 79 to 41 with Labour and NZ First in support.
The confidence motion (that this House express its confidence in the National-led Government and commend its programme for 2013 as set out in the Prime Minister’s Statement to Parliament) was agreed.
Ayes 64 New Zealand National 59; Māori Party 3; ACT New Zealand 1; United Future 1.
Noes 56 New Zealand Labour 34; Green Party 14; New Zealand First 7; Mana 1.
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