The New Zealand parliament is working on passing changes to the labor laws which it says are required to ensure The Hobbit movies remain in New Zealand. The first reading was passed by 68 votes to 51. Economic Development Minister Gerry Brownlee said that; “there wouldn’t have been a crisis if the Australian film union hadn’t organised an international ban on the movies, and the Council of Trade Unions went along with it” and that; “Warner Bros didn’t make any demands when its executives explained their concerns”.

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