Prisoner Compensation Restrictions Made Permanent

by Desk Editor on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 — 10:00 PM

A bill making permanent restrictions on the awarding of compensation to prisoners has passed into law.

Justice Minister Judith Collins said the bill would ensure a ban would stay in place on prisoners receiving compensation for wrongful treatment without first paying off any legal aid debt or compensation due to victims.

The current ban is due to expire and the current bill would make it permanent.

Andrew Little said Labour did not like the bill, but would support it.

The bill passed by 101 to 18 with the Greens, Maori Party, Brendon Horan and Mana opposing.

MPs returned to the interrupted first reading debate of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill

Last night Labour Minister Simon Bridges said the bill would reduce burdensome compliance costs for businesses.

The Government was intent on retaining a framework for collective bargaining, but there should be choice and a balanced playing field.


Labour’s Darien Fenton showed the Government had failed to boost the economy and was now trying to attack the wages of workers.

The bill was sent to the Transport and Industrial Relations committee by 61 to 58 with National, ACT and United Future in favour.

MPs began the first reading debate on the Local Government (Auckland Council) Amendment Bill (No2).

The bill extends and makes permanent the provision setting up local boards and delegating powers to them under the Auckland Council.

Debate was interupted when the House rose at 10pm, it will resume tomorrow at 9am.

Earlier in the day the budget debate was adjourned just before 5.30.

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