Today in Parliament for 26 May 2016
Finance Minister, Bill English, delivers his eighth Budget. Opposition leader, Andrew Little, launches the 11-hour Budget debate with the now-traditional amendment calling on the House to support a no-confidence vote in John Key's National-led minority government. Mister Key responds with a personal attack on the Opposition leader. Budget Debate adjourned after a couple of hours for the Government to take urgency to pass two bills flowing from the Budget - phasing out the transitional one-for-two surrender obligation measure from the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme and amending the Customs and Excise Act 1996 to make four cumulative 10% increases to the duties on all tobacco products.