Greens’ “Barking Mad” Bill Blocked

by Desk Editor on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 — 5:46 PM

The big question in Question Time arose from the allegation in leaked documents called the Panama Papers that New Zealand is a tax haven. Prime Minister John Key says tax havens are secret and New Zealand cannot be one because it has disclosure rules. Greens member’s bill opening trusts to scrutiny is blocked by the government. John Key calls Greens finance spokeswoman, Julie Anne Genter, “barking mad” for supporting it, sparking a 10-minute argument after opposition parties demand an apology despite her saying she was not offended. Speaker rejects requests for an urgent debate on the tax haven issue.

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