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Budget bill passes under urgency

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/05/2017

Parliament has sat under urgency to pass the government's budget legislation that implements its family support package, and Labour is the only party voting against it.

It went through all stages with big majorities before being passed into law on Friday afternoon with just 31 votes against it.

The package was unveiled in Thursday's budget, and the government says 1.3 million families will be better off by an average $26 a week.

It changes the tax thresholds, increases Working for Families rebates and increases the Accommodation Supplement.

Labour says it's a straight out bribe and the tax threshold changes benefit higher income earners more than the low and middle income families the government says the package is aimed at.

The Greens and NZ First have problems with it, but believe there's enough good in it to give it their votes.

Labour put up amendments to the bill but they didn't succeed.

Because it's budget legislation, the bill is a confidence issue.

ACT, United Future and the Maori Party back the bill, but even if they didn't they would have to vote with National because of their support agreements.

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