Parliament 24 May 2016

The order paper is here.

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister for Building and Housing?
  2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, why?
  3. TODD MULLER to the Minister of Finance: How will Budget 2016 build on the Government’s commitment to a more productive and competitive economy while delivering responsible fiscal management?
  4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What is his answer to Fran O’Sullivan’s question, “Was John Key’s brain fart on the tax front an involuntary exercise or was it calculated”?
  5. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Conservation: Is she confident that the Department of Conservation can carry out its work considering the inflation-adjusted reduction in Vote Conservation allocation it has endured under her Government?
  6. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister for Building and Housing:What steps has the Government taken to dismantle Auckland Urban Limits that were identified by the Productivity Commission report in 2012 as a key problem for the city’s housing supply and affordability?
  7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing:Does he stand by his statement when asked about the housing crisis, that “the idea that suddenly happened in May 2016 is a figment of some people’s imagination”?
  8. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, how?
  9. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Transport: What recent progress has been made on construction of the Government’s Western Ring Route motorway in Auckland?
  10. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she believe the Police have sufficient funding to meet the expectations of the public?
  11. TODD BARCLAY to the Minister for Communications: What recent announcements has the Government made to improve New Zealand’s response to cyber security incidents?
  12. MARAMA FOX to the Minister for Social Development: In the revamp of CYFS, will she be strengthening the appeals process for the review of decisions that may prevent incidences such as the death of Moko Rangitoheriri; if so, how?

National: Four questions on Budget 2016, Auckland urban limits, Auckland motorways and cybersecurity

Labour: Four questions on confidence in Housing Minister, tax cuts, housing and Police

Greens: One question on conservation funding

NZ First: Two questions on PM standing by his statements

Maori Party: One question on child abuse

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

Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill – committee stage

This Bill amends the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 to require smoke alarms and insulation in residential rental properties.

  • Introduced: December 2015
  • 1st reading: December 2015, passed unanimously
  • Select Committee report: April 2016, supported with amendments, Greens dissenting
  • 2nd reading: May 2016, passed 107 to 14 with Greens 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 are two SOPs from the Minister and Metiria Turei. Dr Smith’s are minor amendments. Turei’s seeks to give tenants rightts to renew tenancies as of right, and for a minimum fixed term of three years. It also lists 30 things that must be provided for in all rental houses.

Taxation (Transformation: First Phase Simplification and Other Measures) Bill – committee stage continued

The bill amends the following statutes relating to taxation in order to facilitate easier communication with Inland Revenue, simplify tax rules and provide for the sharing of information. The Acts amended are: the Income Tax Act 2007; the Tax Administration Act 1994; the Goods and Services Tax Act 1985; the KiwiSaver Act 2006; the Child Support Act 1991; the Student Loan Scheme Act 2011; the Gaming Duties Act 1971 and the Accident Compensation Act 2001.

  • Introduced June 2015
  • 1st reading: October 2015, passed unanimously
  • SC report report: March 2016, supported unanimously with amendments
  • 2nd reading: April 2016, passed unanimously

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

There are two SOPs from the Minister and Julie-Anne Genter. Michael Woodhouse’s are minor amendments. Genter’s seeks to set up a register of foreign trusts.

Human Rights Amendment Bill – committee stage

This bill establishes a full-time Disability Rights Commissioner within the Human Rights Commission, and make changes to the role and structure of the commission.

  • Introduced: October 2011
  • 1st reading: November 2013, passed 105 to 15 with Greens and Mana against
  • SC report: April 2014, supported with amendments by majority, Labour and Greens dissenting
  • 2nd reading: May 2015, passed 73 to 48 with Labour, Greens and Maori Party against

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 with minor amendments

Extending Sitting 9 am to 1 pm Wednesday

  • Hineuru Claims Settlement Bill 2nd reading
  • Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngā Pōtiki Claims Settlement Bill 1st reading
  • Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill 1st reading

 

 

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