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Warmington sides with opposition MP, Government forced to reconsider clause in Building Act

Published:Wednesday | October 18, 2017 | 11:38 AM

The Government has been forced to reconsider a clause in the Building Act being considered in Parliament after State Minister Everald Warmington broke ranks to support an Opposition suggestion. 

Local Government minister Desmond McKenzie yesterday afternoon rejected the suggestion from Anthony Hylton that clause 33 be revised to make it obligatory for local authorities to monitor building projects.

The proposed clause said monitoring could be done when necessary. 

However, Hylton said that was not sufficient and there would be accountability issues. 

McKenzie rejected that saying making it an obligation would burden the local authorities.


Local Government minister, Desmond McKenzie

However, Warmington intervened during the committee state of the deliberations saying the clause in the current state was unacceptable. 


State minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Everald Warmington

That interrupted the proceedings and McKenzie later returned saying Hylton's proposal to make monitoring an obligation was accepted. 

Debate on the bill was later suspended.