Members’ Bills

February 7th, 2012 at 5:15 pm by David Farrar

Two brand new MPs had their bills drawn from the ballot today. Good fortune for both of them.

Tamaki MP Simon O’Connor had the Joint Family Homes Repeal Bill, which is embedded below.

Joint Family Homes Repeal Private Member’s Bill

The bill was previously in the name of Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew. As she is now a Minister, she can’t sponsor it. The bill looks to be uncontroversial. Stuff notes:

The Joint Family Homes Repeal Bill will abolish a 1964 law protecting the family home.

O’Connor said the Law Commission had recommended scrapping the old law which ”afforded the family home protection against the winds of financial adversity” because the law was unused as the same protections were afforded in more recent legislation.

”The Matrimonial (Property) Act made it very clear spouses and partners have the ability to get joint ownership of things.”

Dunedin North MP also had selected the Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and Anzac Day) Amendment Bill, which was previously in the name of Grant Robertson.

I don’t have a copy of the bill yet, but it proposes that if ANZAC Day and Waitangi Day fall on a weekend, they be Mondayised.

I don’t think it is a particularly important issue, and it was ridicolous when people called for an urgent law change last year because both days were at weekends. However as I noted at the time, I’m not against a change and think the bill should be supported, even though it does impose some small extra costs on businesses.

The additional wage cost is around 0.11%, so not huge. In return for some certainity around the number of days off, I think it is worthwhile.

UPDATE: The bill (when it was in the name of Grant Robertson) is on the web here. The key clause is:

 if either of the public holidays … falls on a Saturday or Sunday and the day would otherwise be a working day for the employee, the public holiday must be treated as falling on that day … and (if) the day would not otherwise be a working day for the employee, the public holiday must be treated as falling on the following Monday

That is sensible, so it does not disadvantage those who do work on weekends.

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14 Responses to “Members’ Bills”

  1. Viking2 (11,674 comments) says:

    There you go again. spending other peoples money. Yesterday you were happy for the govt. to spend other peoples money.

    Sorry but time you joined the Labour Party of the left.

    Oh hang on, you do belong on the left now.

    David, what are you thinking. Has your Sth African trip left you with some unwanted African voodoo?

    [DPF: It’s not other people’s money, I employ 150 people. As an employer, I am happy with this. How many people have you employed out of interest?]

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  2. Sonny Blount (1,809 comments) says:

    The additional wage cost is around 0.11%, so not huge.

    I really don’t like this attidtude, because 0.11% x every other whim that comes over MPs from time to time = significant cost.

    Employers and employees can arrange between themselves which days they want to work or not.

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  3. Michael (913 comments) says:

    Anzac Day is not a ‘holiday’ – it’s a day to remember those killed in the armed services in war, and to nowadays to remember those who served in conflicts and peacekeeping, especially those who are left from WW2. When it falls on a weekday it prevents problems with those who normally work that day. If you want a day lounging in the sun or working in the garden, that’s what annual leave is for.

    And what will happen in 2038 when Anzac Day is also Easter Sunday? (Or last year when it was Easter Monday)

    And the same goes for Waitangi Day – although that’s probably more that I can’t be bothered with all the posturing and antics that seem to go with it.

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  4. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    I support the Mondayising of Waitangi Day and Anzac Day when they fall on a weekend. We already do this with Christmas Day and Boxing Day, so this brings consistency there. It also makes us consistent with Aussie – they already do this with Anzac Day (and, I think, Australia Day).

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  5. Archer (222 comments) says:

    It wouldn’t be very nice if you happened to work 4 days a week – Tuesday to Friday, would it.

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  6. TM (100 comments) says:

    There should be certainty about the number of days off. If Waitangi/ANZAC day aren’t mondayised, then extra days should be added to annual leave. Employment contracts should be based on a fixed number of work days.

    It’s silly to get paid the same when you work a different number of days. I don’t know any other country that doesn’t mondayise public holidays.

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  7. SteveO (77 comments) says:

    I agree with TM. Adding the extra days onto annual leave is even better than my previous favourite suggestion of mondayising to the first Monday or Mondays in January that aren’t already public holidays. Both suggestions have the advantage that they separate the extra days from the day itself so those who, like Michael above, object to the proposal for (to them) legitimate reasons don’t have the holiday shoved in their face the following Monday.

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  8. Grizz (613 comments) says:

    Mondayisation of Public Holidays does disadvantage shift workers. Take Waitangi day just gone, I had to work the preceding Saturday and Sunday and Yesterday was a regular rostered day off. I never got the benefit of an additional day of just like people working regular business hours should it fall on a Weekend. This bill might give Monday to Friday workers a long Weekend but it will not give shift workers any benefit should the public holiday fall on regular weekday off. For this reason I am putting my foot down and am not supporting this bill. Be thankful that you have the benefit of working weekdays and get your regular weekends.

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  9. MT_Tinman (3,317 comments) says:

    February 6 is a day when no hopers get on TV, the country does SFA and self employed people like me lose money hand over fist.

    Why the hell should it exist let alone be bloody “Mondayised”?

    This Government needs to concentrate on driving out the communists that handicap NZ, bugger trivial pursuits!

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  10. Graeme Edgeler (2,972 comments) says:

    Why does the clause by clause analysis record there being two clause 5’s?

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  11. calendar girl (1,258 comments) says:

    “Mondayisation” is just another way of loading more compulsory costs on employers without the Government / public even having the manners to ask employers whether they are willing to pay. The same applies to proposals bandied around freely this week for an additional public holiday between June and October to “celebrate New Zealand Day”.

    Those who want further paid holidays should start their own businesses where they can make the choice to pay themselves for taking as many damned holidays as they want.

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  12. Cobolt (95 comments) says:

    I support the Mondayisation as long as it works in the same way as Christmas/New Year. As for these massive extra costs that are about to send the greater portion of businesses to the wall it’s two extra days every seven years.

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  13. Rat (383 comments) says:

    Guaranteed Stat holidays

    Sounds good to me

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  14. backster (2,196 comments) says:

    Perhaps the bill would be more acceptable to small business employers if it was amended to remove the necessity to pay penal rates on holidays.

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