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Labour MP's slavery bill defeated

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/08/2016

Labour party leader Andrew Little © Getty Images Labour party leader Andrew Little A Labour Party member's bill that would have amended the Customs and Excise Act so it stated no product made by slave labour could be imported has been defeated on its first reading.

MP Peeni Henare drafted the bill, which says although slavery was abolished by Britain in the 18th century, in some parts of the world slavery or coerced labour still exists.

But the two-page bill doesn't identify those countries, and government MPs said it would be unworkable.

It was defeated by 61 votes to 60.

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