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Labour, Greens apart on adoption reform

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Latest Political News | Monday October 15 2012 5:07

Labour, Greens apart on adoption reform


Labour MP Jacinda Adern is disappointed the Greens won't support her adoption bill.

The Green Party won't vote in favour of the Ardern bill and instead MP Kevin Hague has drafted his own legislation reforming adoption laws.

However, it's still to be drawn from a ballot meaning the Ardern bill is live and the Hague bill is not.

Jacinda Ardern says with Member's Bills it's about taking the opportunities you have, so she'd hoped the Greens would have supported her legislation.

"To leave it to the gamble of whether or not Kevin's would be drawn I think is a bit or a risk but that's ultimately their decision."

Ardern's bill would require the Law Commission being involved, drafting legislation that would come back to Parliament.

"It might be a slightly longer process but it's a robust one and given my Bill's already been drawn, it certainly provides us the quickest and soonest opportunity to progress with work."

A Green Party adoption bill could form part of future Government confidence and supply deals.

MP Kevin Hague has drafted legislation reforming adoptions laws, but it's yet to be drawn from a ballot so there's no guarantee it'll be debated in Parliament.

But he believes there are opportunities to get it there.

"At some point in the future a Government could pick it up and have a bill that's ready to go and certainly if I get to be part of a Government that would be one my priorities."

Photo: NZ Herald

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