Instantly, the title of this Bill tells you its not going to be a straightforward one:
Taxation (International Taxation, Life Insurance and Remedial Matters) Bill
What a mouthful.
This Bill is so complex that it has got almost everyone involved all ‘wee-weed up’.
The phrase ‘wee-weed up’ was coined by the extremely gifted orator Barack Obama recently to describe people who get all nervous for no reason.
This Bill has left me all ‘wee-weed up’ – but for good reason.
As the Hon David Cunliffe pointed out during his speech on Thursday - at 824 pages, this is a huge bill. Add to the fact that a vast number of Supplementary Order Papers didn’t even get sent to the Finance and Expenditure Committee and this bill is positively perplexing.
The size and breadth of this bill, combined with a tight report-back date, put considerable pressure on the deliberation process.
Bearing in mind that Labour first introduced this well intentioned bill, which is now in danger of being blighted through a rushed process, and it’s fair to say that I’m now officially ‘wee-weed up’.