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Farm Debt Mediation Bill

A member’s bill in the name of NZ First MP Darroch Ball. Introduced by leave of the House on May 15. It would introduce an Agricultural Debt Mediation process as a mandatory step before the appointment of a receiver in respect of agricultural debt. First reading on May 16 and supported by all parties. A number of MPs from Labour and National expressed doubts about whether the Bill would work or if it was necessary, but said in the current political and economic environment it should be considered. Referred to the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Committee. Reported back on Oct 18 with the committee saying the Government had decided to adopt the Bill and recommended this Bill not proceed.  Farm Debt Mediation Bill