8 Dec 2012

Two bills to do with children pulled from ballot

3:30 pm on 8 December 2012

The only two member's bills pulled from the parliamentary ballot on Thursday are in the names of New Zealand First MPs and they are both do with children.

Asenati Lole-Taylor's bill makes criminal offending in the presence of a minor aged under 17 an aggravating factor at sentencing.

She cites methamphetamine laboratories where minors are present as an example of when children are placed in danger and says the penalties should be tougher.

Colleague Tracey Martin's bill gives orphans and unsupported children clothing allowance parity with foster children.

Ms Martin says an anomaly in the law needs to be fixed so such children get better financial support.