Parliament 27 August 2015

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements?
  2. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received that expect the economy to deliver more jobs and higher wages for New Zealand families over the next three years?
  3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: If Government health expenditure has not kept up with all inflationary pressures, as he admitted on 29 July, what impact has this shortfall had on patients?
  4. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Justice: What initiatives has she announced to support judges making family violence bail decisions?
  5. JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: Will she make an emergency one-off injection of funding into Child Youth and Family to address concerns about the safety of children in state care raised by the Children’s Commissioner today?
  6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by the Prime Minister’s statement that “the removal of the $1,000 kick-start contribution will not make a blind bit of difference to the number of people who join KiwiSaver”?
  7. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that rheumatic fever rates have dropped 24 percent since 2012 following the Government investing more than $65 million on a range of initiatives to combat the disease?
  8. BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: Does he agree with Alzheimers New Zealand’s Catherine Hall that “dementia is one of the most significant healthcare challenges facing us globally and in New Zealand”; if not, why not?
  9. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her predecessor’s statement in 2010 regarding truancy that “We cannot sit back and do nothing. These figures are really shocking and we need to get serious about tackling this problem”; if so, by how much has the truancy rate increased since then?
  10. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Tourism: How is the Government supporting growth in the tourism sector?
  11. CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development: Does she agree with the statement by the Children’s Commissioner that “we don’t know if children are better off as a result of state intervention, but the indications are not good”?
  12. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he agree with the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank, that the key problems with housing supply are “a limited supply of land ready for building; restrictive planning processes, and a lack of coordinated planning in infrastructure development”?

National: Four questions on the economy, bail, rheumatic fever and tourism

Labour: Four questions on health spending, KiwiSaver, truancy and CYF

Greens: One question on CYF

NZ First: Two questions MSD Minister standing by her statements and dementia

ACT: One question on housing supply

Government Bills 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Health and Safety Reform Bill – third reading

The Bill replaces the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and the Machinery Act 1950 to reform New Zealand’s workplace health and safety system, following the work of the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety and the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine tragedy.

  • Introduced March 2014
  • 1st reading: March 2014, passed unanimously
  • SC report: July 2015, passed with amendments by majority with Labour, Green and NZ First minority reports
  • 2nd reading: July 2015, passed 63 to 56 with Labour, Greens and NZ First against
  • Committee of the whole House: August 2015

The third reading consist of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each, for a maximum debate of two hours.

Note the bill has now been divided into five separate bills.

Taxation (Bright-line Test for Residential Land) Bill – first reading

This Bill introduces amendments to the Income Tax Act 2007 and the Tax Administration Act 1994 so that residential land (except a main home) sold within two years of acquisition is automatically deemed a capital gain and taxed.

  • Introduced: August 2015

The first reading consist of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each, for a maximum debate of two hours.


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