Paula Oliver reports in the Herald this morning that the government is running out of time to cobble together the numbers to pass the ETS legislation. All I can say is - good!
Here's how the numbers stack up today:
For: Labour (49); Progressives (1) = 50
Against: National (48); ACT (2); UF (2) = 52 (You can almost certainly add Gordon Copeland to this list)
Undecided or unknown: NZ First (7); Greens (6); Maori Party (4); TPF
As Oliver reports, the Maori Party has major reservations. So do the Greens. And it's significant that, on a piece of legislation which is so important to the government, one of their confidence and supply partners (Dunne) has abandoned them.
What concessions will Clark, Cullen & co make to ensure that their "flagship" legislation makes it through the House? Interesting times await us!