The House resumed at 9am and MPs agreed to add the third reading of the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill to this morning’s business.
Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee put their leave and there was no dissent.
The bill requires all foreign owned fishing vessels to fly under a New Zealand flag from May 2016 and obey all New Zealand laws. This includes labour laws. The bill follows a review into “slave” ships operating in New Zealand waters and seeks to clamp down on human right abuses on fishing vessels.
Last night Opposition MPs accused the Maori Party of blocking the passage of this bill into law in this Parliament, no members of the Maori Party were in the House to answer the accusations though they denied this in a press release.
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