Parliament 30 March 2016

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement with regard to multinational corporations that “I suspect they are legally paying their correct amount of tax; the question is are they ethically paying the right amount of tax. It feels hard to believe that they are”?
  2. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister’s statement that “building a strong economy that … creates more jobs will remain front and centre of the Government’s agenda”?
  3. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Finance: Ka tū a ia i runga i te mana o tana tauākī e mea ana, “New Zealand Post is Government-owned and we’re going to be keeping it,” ā, mehemea ka pērā a ia, ka pēhea tētahi paku whakawehenga nei?
    • Translation: Does he stand by his statement that “New Zealand Post is Government-owned and we’re going to be keeping it”; if so, will he also rule out partial privatisation?
  4. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What recent reports has he received on the benefits to students of tertiary education?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Is ASB economist, Kim Mundy, correct when she said last week, “While headline growth appears reasonable and encouraging, underlying per capita income growth remains flat and highlights New Zealand’s economic vulnerabilities going forward”?
  6. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What reports has he received on reactions to the upcoming health and safety legislation changes?
  7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: How many houses have been completed as a result of the $52.2 million Crown land policy he announced in Budget 2015?
  8. RON MARK to the Minister of Immigration: Does he stand by the Prime Minister’s statement, “We welcome migrants who can make a contribution to New Zealand”?
  9. KEVIN HAGUE to the Associate Minister of Health: What steps will he be taking to ensure New Zealand drug laws are still fit for purpose given the recent findings by Johns Hopkins University and British medical journal The Lancet that the punitive approach to drug offending has done more harm than good?
  10. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Transport: Is the Government’s investment in transport infrastructure supporting the economy and creating jobs; if so, how?
  11. TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements?
  12. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she believe the Police have sufficient funding to meet their operational objectives?

National: Four questions on the economy, tertiary education, OSH and transport infastructure

Labour: Four questions on multinationals’ tax, incomes, housing and Police funding

Greens: Two questions on NZ Post and drug laws

NZ First: Two questions on immigration and Education Minister standing hy her statements

General Debate 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm

 

A debate of 12 speeches of up to five minutes for a maximum of one hour.

Government Bills 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm

New Zealand Business Number Bill – committee stage

This bill enables certain entities to obtain, or be allocated, a New Zealand Business Number and to be registered on a New Zealand Business Number Register

  • Introduced March 2015
  • 1st reading: May 2015, passed unanimously
  • SC report: September 2015, supported with amendments by the majority, Labour dissenting
  • 2nd reading: December 2015, passed 108 to 12 with NZ First opposed

There is no time limit for the committee stage but it is estimated to be a three hour debate as the bill has two parts and preliminary provisions to debate.

Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill – committee stage

The bill proposes amendments to the Building Act 2004 to improve the system for managing earthquake-prone buildings.

  • Introduced: December 2013
  • 1st reading: March 2014, passed 106 to 14 with Greens opposed
  • Select Committee report: September 2015, supported unanimously with amendments
  • 2nd reading: March 2016, passed 120 to 1 with ACT opposed

There is no time limit for the committee stage but it is estimated to be a three hour debate as the bill has two parts and preliminary provisions to debate.

There is one SOP from the Minister Nick Smith.

Radio New Zealand Amendment Bill – third reading continued

The bill amends the Radio New Zealand Act 1995 to implement a new Radio New Zealand Charter

  • Introduced: June 2009
  • 1st reading: June 2009, passed unanimously
  • SC report: December 2009, supported without amendments with a minority report from Labour
  • 2nd reading: May 2015, passed unanimously
  • Committee of the whole House: February 2016, passed unanimously

The third reading debate has 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes, so a maximum debate of two hours. There are seven speeches remaining.

 

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