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Friday, June 29, 2007

Hide's Bill Clears First Hurdle

Rodney Hide's Regulatory Responsibility Bill has defied the odds and been sent to select committee by a massive majority of 114 to 6.

All party's in Parliament voted to send the bill forward except the Greens.

What's so great about Rodney's bill?

I quote ACT MP Heather Roy;

ACT's Regulatory Responsibility Bill is the legislative equivalent of the Fiscal Responsibility Act, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants says it's the most significant Bill to come before Parliament since 1994 (when the Fiscal Responsibility Act was passed).

ACT's RRB would apply a 'red-tape' test to all new and existing legislation. Basic questions about legislation would have to be asked ... and answered. Questions like: 'what is it for?' 'What's the problem?' 'What's the cost?'

Impacts on property rights, freedom of choice and the right to contract would have to be spelled out. The Bill would make political decision-making more transparent and politicians more accountable.

It's no mean achievement to produce a Bill of this magnitude - when National was in Government it tried for years but couldn't get a Bill written. It's unheard of for an 'Opposition' Party to gain such support for such a significant Bill. That's what ACT can achieve with just two MPs. Imagine what we could do with a few more!


Congratulations Rodney-best of luck with the next stage.

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