House Grinds Through Estimates

by Editor on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 — 9:59 PM

The Government ground through the eight hour debate on the committee stage of the Appropriation (2013/14 Supplementary Estimates) Bill bill.

The set piece debate began after Question Time and most MPs used the opportunity to practice their stump speeches and attack lines.

Labour Leader David Cunliffe said there e were many unanswered questions over the intelligence services’ activities and legislation. He promised a thorough review of the security agencies if elected and there would be no unwarranted surveillance of New Zealanders by the agencies. Cunliffe accused the Government of giving foreign intelligence agencies a “blank cheque” without telling the public what work they were doing.

Later in the debate Ruth Dyson attacked the Government and CERA over the rebuilding of Christchurch while the responsible minister Gerry Brownlee defended their record.

Grant Robertson mocked the Government’s economic development policies, while Steven Joyce mocked Robertson’s work ethic.

The House rose just before 10pm interrupting the debate.

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