Warmington sides with opposition MP, Government forced to reconsider clause in Building Act
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.
However, Warmington intervened during the committee state of the deliberations saying the clause in the current state was unacceptable.
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.