Chris Hipkins, in Committee, to move the following amendment:
In clause 2, before subclause (1) (line 5 on page 3), insert:
The sale of state assets is an issue of great importance to New Zealand and should not be done without the agreement of an overwhelming majority in Parliament.
The vast majority of New Zealanders oppose asset sales and in submissions on this bill of almost 1500 only 9 were not opposed to it. A bill with public opposition of this magnitude should not commence having been passed by a majority of 1 in Parliament.
This amendment will require the bill to have the support of a 75% majority in the House of Representatives before it can come into effect.