Parliament 10 May 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, “There’s actually quite legitimate business in New Zealand for servicing foreign trusts”?
  2. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the state of the Crown accounts ahead of Budget 2016?
  4. RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  5. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Housing: What support will Budget 2016 provide for people in need of emergency housing?
  6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What is the total amount of efficiencies since 2011/12 made by the 20 district health boards and how much have they made for the February year to date?
  7. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Revenue: Does he stand by his statement, “these are the facts: there is no tax avoidance or evasion in New Zealand in respect of foreign trusts … There is no wealth hidden in New Zealand with these foreign trusts”?
  8. MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister for Communications: What recent announcements has she made on progress of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme?
  9. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement made in Budget 2015 that “the unemployment rate is expected to fall below 5% in 2016”?
  10. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on Communities of Learning?
  11. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: Has EQC’s position that it will reinstate earthquake damage to a condition substantially the same as “when new” been applied to every home repaired in the Canterbury Home Repair Programme; if so, why does the EQC customer guide state that customers’ homes will be returned to a “pre-earthquake state”?
  12. MAHESH BINDRA to the Minister of Corrections: Does she have confidence in the Department of Corrections’ ability to keep both staff and prisoners safe?

National: Four questions on the surplus, emergency housing, broadband and education

Labour: Four questions on foreign trusts, health efficiencies, unemployment and EQC

Greens: Two questions on PM standing by his statements and foreign trusts

NZ First: Two questions on PM standing by his statements and corrections

Government Bills 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm

Taxation (Residential Land Withholding Tax, GST on Online Services, and Student Loans) Bill – third reading

This bill allows sharing of information between the Inland Revenue Department and the Australian Taxation Office in relation to New Zealand student loan borrowers residing in Australia; proposes a new residential land withholding tax to act as a collection mechanism for the bright-line test; and provides for the collection of GST on cross-border services and intangibles, including internet downloads and online services.

  • Introduced: November 2015
  • 1st reading: December 2015, passed 109 to 12, NZ First opposed
  • SC report: March 2016, supported unanimously with amendments
  • 2nd reading: March 2016, passed 108 to 12 with NZ First opposed
  • Committee of the whole House: March 2016,

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

Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill – first reading

This bill repeals and replaces the Social Security Act 1964 and the Social Welfare (Reciprocity Agreements, and New Zealand Artificial Limb Service) to enhance clarity, coherency, and consistency.

  • Introduced March 2016

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

Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill – third reading continued

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

The third reading consist of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each, for a maximum debate of two hours. There are 11 speeches remaining.

New Zealand Public Health and Disability (Southern DHB) Elections Bill – committee stage

This bill exempts the Southern District Health Board from the 2016 triennial general election as it will be governed by a commissioner until the 2019 triennial general election.

  • Introduced: December 2015
  • 1st reading: December 2015, passed 95 to 26 with Greens and NZ First opposed
  • SC report: April 2016, supported without amendment and without dissent
  • 2nd reading: May 2016, passed 95 to 26 with Greens and NZ First opposed

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

 

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