Consumer Law Reform Bill Finally Passes

by Desk Editor on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 — 8:50 PM

After a long gestation reform of consumer regulation has passed into law.

After getting its second reading a year ago the Consumer Law Reform Bill split into six bills passed its third reading on a voice vote.

The bill kept falling victim to other higher priority bills taking precedence and in the end it was the subject of a lobby campaign urging the Government to pass its own legislation.

In the third reading debate, Michael Woodhouse on behalf of Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss said the reforms of consumer legislation had unanimous support in the House as it was a timely and effective modernisation of consumer law.

The new law would drive better conduct, better competition and better interactions between businesses and consumer.

The original law had become outdated as it had not envisaged changes in technology, it would also require businesses to prove claims they made for products were true and would improve the clarity of guarantees.

Labour’s Carol Beaumont said the slow progress of the bill showed consumers were not a priority for the Government.

The bill completed its third reading on a voice vote.

After this MPs began the committee stage debate on the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Bill and it was reported with amendment.

The House rose just before 10pm interrupting the committee stage debate on the Airports (Cost Recovery for Processing of International Travellers) Bill. The House will resume tomorrow at 9am under extended hours.

Earlier MPs completed the second reading of the Appropriation (2012/13 Financial Review) Bill without debate by 64 to 56 with National, Maori Party, ACT and United Future in favour.

The Subordinate Legislation (Confirmation and Validation) Bill (No 2) completed its second and third reading on a voice vote.

The Taxation (Annual Rates, Employee Allowances, and Remedial Matters) Bill completed its first reading by 104 to 16 by with the Green, Mana and Brendan Horan opposed. It was sent to the Finance and Expenditure Committee for consideration.

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