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Greens' homebuyer bill drawn from ballot

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/12/2016 Sean Martin
Green Party MP Gareth Hughes © Getty Green Party MP Gareth Hughes

Parliament will debate a Green Party proposal to allow first homebuyers to defer their student loans in order to save for a deposit.

Gareth Hughes' private member's bill was randomly selected from the ballot on Thursday just six days after he put forward the proposal.

The bill would allow anyone earning over the $19,000 threshold to defer part or all of their 12 per cent loan repayment into a home savings account.

"For example, a bachelor's graduate on a median wage could save $18,000 after five years," Mr Hughes said in announcing the bill.

Fellow Green MP Jan Logie had her domestic violence protection bill also drawn from the ballot on Thursday after waiting more than a year for it to be selected.

Provisions includes flexible working hours and up to 10 days leave from work for victims of domestic violence.

A second housing affordability bill was also selected, with Labour's Kelvin Davis affordable housing proposal being drawn.

His bill would require the government to build 10,000 affordable homes per year as part of a construction programme to increase the supply and affordability of homes across New Zealand.

The bills will all be introduced for a first reading.

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