Parliament 12 November 2015

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement made on the day Statistics New Zealand reported that 151,000 people were unemployed that “the Government did not intend to do anything specific to tackle rising unemployment”?
  2. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the stability of New Zealand’s financial system?
  3. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Justice: Does she believe proposed laws dealing with deportees, including those from Christmas Island, will sufficiently uphold the rights of New Zealanders?
  4. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Why has funding for the Early Intervention Service declined since 2010 when the Ministry has reported that demand for the service is rising and its ability to respond to referrals on time is declining?
  5. SIMON O’CONNOR to the Minister of Health: How will the new high-profile public awareness campaign starting today encourage people to make healthy lifestyle changes to tackle obesity?
  6. TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister of Police: Does he stand by all his statements?
  7. KELVIN DAVIS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  8. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Associate Minister of Tourism: What contribution is tourism making to diversify the New Zealand economy?
  9. MARAMA FOX to the Minister of Health: What is he doing to ensure vital services to promote the understanding and management of asthma and respiratory conditions amongst Māori are maintained given that funding to the only Māori Asthma Society in New Zealand will be discounted at the end of 2015?
  10. ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Revenue: What recent announcements has he made on how the Government is making tax simpler?
  11. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement, when asked whether child poverty was too high in New Zealand, that “it is very difficult to use one measure to determine poverty and hardship”?
  12. RON MARK to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all of his answers to Oral Question No. 1 on 11 November 2015?

National: Four questions on financial system stability,obesity, tourism and tax simplification

Labour: Four questions on unemployment, education, PM standing by his statements and child poverty

Greens: One question on Australian detainees

NZ First: Two questions on Police Minister and Finance Minister standing by their statements

Maori Party: One question on asthma

Government Bills 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm

International Finance Agreements Amendment Bill – third reading

The Bill amends the International Finance Agreements Act 1961 in order to enable the Government to become a member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

  • Introduced September 2015
  • 1st reading: September 2015, passed 63 to 58 with Labour, Greens and NZ First opposed
  • Select Committee report: October 2015, supported unanimously with amendments
  • 2nd reading: November 2015, passed 109 to 12 with NZ First opposed
  • Committee of the whole House: November 2015, passed 109 to 12 with NZ First opposed

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

Taxation (Bright-line Test for Residential Land) Bill – third 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
  • 1st reading: September 2015, passed 63 to 58 with Labour, Greens and NZ First opposed
  • Select Committee report: October 2015, supported with amendments by the majority with minority reports from Labour, Greens and NZ First
  • 2nd reading: November 2015, passed 109 to 12 with NZ First opposed
  • Committee of the whole House: November 2015, passed 109 to 12 with NZ First opposed

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

 

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