Parliament Today 5 March 2014

March 5th, 2014 at 1:04 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer.

Questions to Ministers 2.00-3.00PM.

  1. TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister responsible for Novopay:Does he stand by his statement of 11 February 2014, “education payroll is the most complex in New Zealand and more work remains to be done to simplify the business processes to ensure it runs as smoothly as possible each year”?
  2. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “the true builders of that future are the millions of New Zealanders working in the homes, the businesses, the industries of our country”?
  3. MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making with its share offer programme, which is freeing up money for reinvestment in new public assets without having to increase Government debt?
  4. ANDREW LITTLE to the Attorney-General: Will he release all correspondence between the Christchurch Crown Solicitor or any other solicitor acting for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and counsel for Peter Whittall on the decision not to proceed with the prosecution of Mr Whittall under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 relating to conditions at the Pike River Mine that lead to the deaths of 29 miners; if not, why not?
  5. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: When were Ministry of Health officials first informed that the dispute between the Southern District Health Board and South Link Health involved allegations of the misuse of public funding, and when were they first informed that this alleged misuse was suspected to involve elements that could be fraud?
  6. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What announcements has the Government made on the Tertiary Education Strategy for New Zealand?
  7. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: Does he stand by his statement made yesterday in the House with regard to Canterbury Labour Members of Parliament that they “have made no more than five requests for assistance through the Earthquake Commission”; if not, when will he be correcting his statement and apologising?
  8. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: How is the Government’s Information and Communication Technology programme improving New Zealanders’ access to improved technology and better connectivity?
  9. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: On what date did she receive an invitation to visit the Shanghai office of Oravida Ltd during her Ministerial visit to China in October 2013, and what actions did she take to ensure this visit met her obligations under the Cabinet Manual?
  10. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Associate Minister of Education: Did the communities in Christchurch, Auckland and Queenstown, where four schools are to be built using a public-private partnership (PPP) model, ask the Government for private sector management of their school buildings?
  11. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Health: What investment is the Government making in improving nutrition and exercise for pre-schoolers?
  12. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Corrections: What steps has the Government taken to improve access to alcohol and drug treatment for prisoners?

Today Labour are asking three questions. These are about the economy, CERA, and Judith Collin’s obligations under the Cabinet Manual. The Greens have two questions, one of potential fraud in the health sector and the other on Public-Private Partnerships to build new schools. New Zealand First are asking about Novopay and, Pike River.

Patsy of the day goes to Paul Foster-Bell for Question 11: What investment is the Government making in improving nutrition and exercise for pre-schoolers?

General Debate 3.00PM -4.00PM

An entertaining and informative debate consisting of 12 speeches of no more than 5 minutes each.

Government Bills 4.00PM-6.00Pm – 7.30PM-10.00PM.

1. Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill -First Reading

2. Environmental Reporting Bill- First Reading

3. Energy (Fuels, Levies, and References) Amendment Bill- First Reading

The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill is being introduced by the Minister for Building and Construction, Maurice Williamson. This bill amends the Building Act 2004 to improve the system for managing earthquake-prone buildings.

The Environmental Reporting Bill is being introduced by the Minister for the Environment, Amy Adams. The purpose of this Bill is to create a national-level environmental reporting system to ensure that reporting on the environment occurs on a regular basis and can be trusted.

The Energy (Fuels, Levies, and References) Amendment Bill is being introduced by the Minister for Energy and Resources, Simon Bridges. The objective of this Bill is to allow for the costs of meeting New Zealand’s oil stockholding treaty obligation under the Agreement on an International Energy Program to be met through a levy on fuel.

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Parliament Today 4 March 2014

March 4th, 2014 at 1:51 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer.

Questions to Ministers 2.00PM -3.00PM.

  1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement “our approach is to put everyday New Zealanders at the heart of everything the Government does, so we organise services around them”?
  2. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on momentum building in the economy – particularly trends in jobs, wages, and business confidence?
  3. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: When did he first become aware that Treasury had miscalculated estimates of household disposable income?
  4. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister for the Environment:Will she continue to protect the concept of cultural impact assessments as a key tenet of the Resource Management Act 1991 and does she agree with David Taipari, Chair of the Māori Statutory Board for Auckland Council, that, like built heritage, it was important to protect archaeological sites or sites of significance to mana whenua?
  5. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development:When was she first advised about the miscalculation affecting “estimates of disposable income”, and how was this advice received?
  6. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Science and Innovation:What announcements has he made to encourage further investment in research and development by tech-savvy firms?
  7. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his ministers?
  8. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Health: What progress can he report on the Government’s health targets for district health boards?
  9. BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by all his statements regarding iron sand seabed mining; if so, why?
  10. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on the Greater Christchurch Education Renewal Programme?
  11. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Transport: Does he have confidence in KiwiRail following the discovery of asbestos in DL locomotives?
  12. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Commerce: What decisions have been made on crowd funding following the passage of the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013?

Today Labour are asking four questions. These are about services provided by the Government, accuracy of Treasury estimates, household income, and asbestos in Kiwirail locomotives. The Greens have one question, to the Prime Minister about whether he has confidence in all his Ministers. Brendan Horan is asking about seabed mining.

Patsy of the day goes to Jian Yang for Question 8: What progress can he report on the Government’s health targets for district health boards?

Government Bills 3.00PM-6.00Pm and 7.30PM-10.00PM.

1. Appropriation (2012/13 Financial Review) Bill – Committee Stage

2. Electoral Amendment Bill – Committee Stage

3. Border Processing (Trade Single Window and Duties) Bill - Committee Stage

4. Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill – First Reading

The Appropriation (2012/13 Financial Review) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Finance, Bill English. The purpose of this bill is to confirm and validate financial matters relating to the 2012/13 financial year.

The Electoral Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Justice, Judith Collins. This bill proposes amendments to the Electoral Act 1993 to implement recommendations made by the Justice and Electoral Committee in its Inquiry into the 2011 General Election. The purpose of the amendments is to improve services to voters, candidates, and political parties.

The Border Processing (Trade Single Window and Duties) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Customs, Maurice Williamson. This bill proposes amendments to support the implementation of the Trade Single Window component of the Joint Border Management System.

The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Building and Construction, Maurice Williamson. This bill amends the Building Act 2004 to improve the system for managing earthquake-prone buildings.

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Parliament Today 20 February 2014

February 20th, 2014 at 12:38 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer.

Questions to Ministers 2.00PM-3.00PM.

  1. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government’s focus on Better Public Service results improving New Zealanders’ lives while helping New Zealand’s long-term fiscal position?
  2. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “when this Government came in, there were predictions that unemployment would rise to over 10 percent”; if so, in the December 2008 Economic and Fiscal Update what level did Treasury forecast that unemployment would peak at?
  3. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: Was he told in 2010 that the Southern District Health Board had received legal advice that suggested there was the possibility of fraud in its dispute with South Link Health?
  4. Le’aufa’amulia ASENATI LOLE-TAYLOR to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: Does he believe he is doing all he can to protect consumers, particularly vulnerable, low income families?
  5. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Justice: What recent results has she received regarding Better Public Service targets for crime and reoffending?
  6. Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister of Commerce: Was he aware of alleged cash payments being made to buyers from Countdown Supermarkets in return for the preferential treatment of suppliers, prior to 19 February 2014?
  7. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Education: What recent announcement has she made on initiatives to help Pasifika parents engage in their children’s learning?
  8. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Finance: Is it still his intention to use a financial veto against my Bill which proposes to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks?
  9. MOJO MATHERS to the Minister of Commerce: Will he support the introduction of a supermarket code of conduct in New Zealand that governs relations between supermarkets and their suppliers and an adjudicator with the power to investigate breaches of the code; if not, why not?
  10. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does he stand by his statement “addressing migrant exploitation is a priority area for the Labour Inspectorate and Immigration New Zealand”?
  11. PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister for the Environment: What progress is the Government making to ensure that New Zealanders have access to comprehensive environmental information that is independent, is easy to understand and relevant?
  12. Dr RAJEN PRASAD to the Minister of Immigration: Does he stand by all the statements he made in his answers to Oral Question No 11 on 13 February 2014?

Questions to Members 

  1. JACINDA ARDERN to the member in charge of the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave) Amendment Bill: What is the purpose of the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave) Amendment Bill?
  2. JACINDA ARDERN to the member in charge of the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave) Amendment Bill: Why did she agree to the extension of the report back date from the Government Administration Committee until 28 February for the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave) Amendment Bill?
  3. JACINDA ARDERN to the member in charge of the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave) Amendment Bill: What support does she have for the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave) Amendment Bill?

Today Labour are asking five questions. These are about unemployment, supermarket competition, paid parental leave, migrant exploitation, and immigration. The Greens are asking about fraud in the Health sector and supermarket competition. New Zealand First are asking about consumer protection for low income earners. Labour are also asking three questions to Sue Moroney, the member in charge of the Paid Parental Leave bill.

Government Bills 9.00AM-1PM and 3.00PM-6.ooPM

1. Taxation (Annual Rates, Foreign Superannuation, and Remedial Matters) Bill - Third Reading

2. Border Processing (Trade Single Window and Duties) Bill – Second Reading

3. Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill - First Reading

The Taxation (Annual Rates, Foreign Superannuation, and Remedial Matters) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Revenue, Todd McClay. This bill stipulates the annual rates of income tax for the 2013-14 tax year, proposes new rules for New Zealand residents with interests in foreign superannuation schemes, and makes other changes to tax law.

The Border Processing (Trade Single Window and Duties) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Customs, Maurice Williamson. This bill proposes amendments to support the implementation of the Trade Single Window component of the Joint Border Management System.

The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Building and Construction, Maurice Williamson. This bill amends the Building Act 2004 to improve the system for managing earthquake-prone buildings.

 

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Parliament Today 19 February 2014

February 19th, 2014 at 1:35 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer.

Questions for Ministers 2.00PM – 3.00PM.

  1. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: Does he think fraud in the publicly funded health sector is serious and if so would he investigate any allegations of fraud if they were raised with him?
  2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What recent reports has he seen on inadequate standards of health care in New Zealand?
  3. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government balancing its focus on responsibly managing its finances with addressing some of the most challenging social issues facing vulnerable families?
  4. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Commerce:When does he expect the Commerce (Cartels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill to be passed into law?
  5. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Housing: What progress is the Government making in growing the Community Housing sector and redeveloping Housing New Zealand homes to better match today’s housing needs?
  6. Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister of Commerce: What documentation, if any, did he and his office prepare prior to 12 February 2014, regarding the behaviour of supermarkets towards suppliers, and when was that documentation prepared?
  7. MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Police: What results have Police recorded since new laws were introduced by the Government in 2009 to combat illegal street racing?
  8. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister of State Services: What was the total cost of the Rebstock inquiry into the leaking of internal documents from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and how much of that was paid to Paula Rebstock?
  9. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What announcements has the Government made about e-Health Ambassadors and their role in promoting patient portals?
  10. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Prime Minister: Further to his response of “No” as to whether he received an assurance from Mr Dunne that he had not made a copy of the draft Kitteridge Report on the GCSB available to a Fairfax reporter, in Oral Question No 11 on 12 February and that he “accepted him at his word”, in a supplementary answer to the same question, in what context did Mr Dunne give his word that he did not make said report available to the reporter?
  11. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he think New Zealanders are paying too much for their power?
  12. BARBARA STEWART to the Associate Minister of Health: Is she satisfied with the current level of care in rest homes?

Today Labour are asking five questions. These are about the quality of healthcare in New Zealand, when the Cartels Bill will become law, supermarket behaviour, the cost of the Rebstock inquiry and the whether the Minister of Internal Affairs leaked information in a previous role. The Greens are asking about Health sector fraud and energy prices. New Zealand First are asking about the quality of care in rest homes.

Patsy question of the day goes to Dr Paul Hutchison for Question 9: What announcements has the Government made about e-Health Ambassadors and their role in promoting patient portals?

General Debate 3.00PM-4.00PM

12 speeches of no more than 5 minutes each. Often funny.

Members Bills 4.00PM-6.00PM and 7.30PM-10.00PM.

1. Electronic Transactions (Contract Formation) Amendment Bill – Second Reading

2. Electronic Data Safety Bill - First Reading

3. Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill - First Reading

The Electronic Transactions (Contract Formation) Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by Paul Goldsmith, a National Party List MP. The bill seeks to establish that, for the purpose of contract formation, an offer would be deemed to be accepted by an electronic communication at the time of receipt of the acceptance by the offeror.

The Electronic Data Safety Bill is being introduced to the house by Clare Curran, the Labour MP for Dunedin South. This bill established a Commission of Inquiry into privacy breaches within government agencies.

The Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill is being introduced into the house by the Phil Twyford, the Labour MP for Te Atatu. This bill has the purpose of ensuring that every rental home in New Zealand meets minimum standards of heating and insulation.

 

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Parliament Today 18 February 2014

February 18th, 2014 at 1:27 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer 2.00PM-3.00PM.

Questions to Ministers. 

  1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that there are “plenty of jobs out there for people if they look really hard”?
  2. MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making with its multi-billion dollar investment programme in modern infrastructure?
  3. Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister of Commerce: Was he made aware of any concerns regarding the behaviour of supermarkets towards suppliers prior to 12 February 2014?
  4. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government’s policies?
  5. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Education: What recent announcement has she made on the increase in students achieving NCEA level 2?
  6. SUE MORONEY to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in regard to proposals to extend paid parental leave, “It’s an important time they bond with their children. Everyone acknowledges having more time with their infants would be an important thing to support”?
  7. Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister for Social Development:What reports has she received about the support the Government is providing to grandparents and other family members raising children?
  8. ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs: Are there any areas where he believes war veterans are not receiving adequate support for their service to our country?
  9. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Transport: Why is the construction of the City Rail Link only beginning in 2020?
  10. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Justice: What progress has been made on criminal history sharing for employment vetting between Australia and New Zealand?
  11. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Does he stand by his answers to all supplementary questions to Oral Questions in the House this year; if so, why?
  12. HOLLY WALKER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he share the concerns of the New Zealand Psychological Society and the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists that his decision to cut postgraduate student allowances could significantly impact the future psychology workforce in New Zealand?

Today Labour are asking five questions. These are about jobs, supermarkets, paid parental leave, the Auckland city rail link, and the suitability of the Minister of Internal Affairs to hold his Ministerial warrant. The Greens are asking whether the Prime Minister stands by all his policies, and cuts to student allowance. New Zealand First are asking about support for Veterans.

Patsy question of the day goes to Tim MacIndoe for Question 5: What recent announcement has she made on the increase in students achieving NCEA level 2?

Government Bills 4.00PM-6.00PM and 7.30PM-10.00PM.

1. Taxation (Annual Rates, Foreign Superannuation, and Remedial Matters) Bill - Committee Stage

2. Student Loan Scheme Amendment Bill (No 3) – Committee Stage

3. Trade (Safeguard Measures) Bill - Committee Stage

4. Electoral Amendment Bill - Committee Stage

The Taxation (Annual Rates, Foreign Superannuation, and Remedial  Matters) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Revenue, Todd McClay. This bill stipulates the annual rates of income tax for the 2013-14 tax year, proposes new rules for New Zealand residents with interests in foreign superannuation schemes, and makes other changes to tax law.

The Student Loan Scheme Amendment Bill (No 3) is also being guided through the house by the Minister of Revenue, Todd McClay. This bill proposes amendments to the Student Loan Scheme Act 2011 to improve repayments from overseas-based borrowers and to increase personal responsibility for debt repayment.

The Trade (Safeguard Measures) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Commerce, Craig Foss. This bill implements a new safeguards regime for New Zealand.

The Electoral Amendment Bill is being guided though the house by the Minister of Justice, Judith Collins. This bill proposes amendments to the Electoral Act 1993 to implement recommendations made by the Justice and Electoral Committee in its Inquiry into the 2011 General Election. The purpose of the amendments is to improve services to voters, candidates, and political parties.

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Parliament Today 12 February 2014

February 12th, 2014 at 1:33 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer.

Questions to Ministers 2.00-3.00PM.

  1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “there are more children in poverty than at some point in the past”, and if so, does he remain concerned about child poverty levels in New Zealand?
  2. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government’s economic programme supporting stronger economic growth, more jobs and higher incomes?
  3. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Do her measures of success for vulnerable children include lowering child poverty, child abuse and child neglect rates; if not, why not?
  4. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Health: What is the Government doing to assist areas that face difficulties recruiting and retaining health professionals?
  5. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Social Development: What papers or reports, if any, did her office produce in the last 12 months relating to the measurement of child poverty?
  6. RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister of Conservation: Does he stand by all his statements on the use of 1080 poison by the Department of Conservation?
  7. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Why do the Government’s proposals for improving freshwater management allow New Zealand rivers to have higher concentrations of nitrogen pollution than China’s Yangtze River?
  8. COLIN KING to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What steps is the Government taking to strengthen the governance of New Zealand universities and wānanga?
  9. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that all of the funding allocated to Partnership Schools will be spent on educating students; if not, why not?
  10. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What recent reports has she received on the number of end users able to connect to the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband and Rural Broadband Initiatives?
  11. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Prime Minister: Is the Hon Peter Dunne a suitable person to hold the position answerable in this House for the security of information held by Government in light of him repeatedly declining to deny, in the House yesterday, that he made the draft Kitteridge report available to a Fairfax reporter, and, if so, has he received an assurance from Mr Dunne that he did not make the document available to any reporter?
  12. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs: What progress is being made in planning for Gallipoli 2015 commemorations?

Questions to Members.

  1. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Member in charge of Members’ Notice of Motion No 1: Why did he lodge the notice of motion requesting Trade Minister Hon Tim Groser to table any final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement at least 28 days before it is approved by the Cabinet?

Today Labour are asking four questions. Two are on child poverty, one on partnership schools and one on the suitability of Peter Dunne to be a Minister.  The Greens are asking about Child Poverty and nitrogen pollution in New Zealand rivers.  New Zealand First is asking about 1080 pest poison.

Patsy of the day goes to Johnathan Young for Question 10: What recent reports has she received on the number of end users able to connect to the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband and Rural Broadband Initiatives?

General Debate 3.00-4.00PM.

A debate of one hour consisting of twelve speeches no more than five minutes in length.

Government Bills 4.00-6.00PM and 7.30PM-10.00

1. Airports (Cost Recovery for Processing of International Travellers Bill) – Third Reading

2. Building (Earthquake-prone buildings) Amendment Bill -  First Reading

3. Victims of Crime Reform Bill - Second Reading

The Airports (Cost Recovery for Processing of International Travellers Bill) is being guided through the house by the Minister of Customs, Maurice Williamson. This bill provides for cost recovery arising from processing of travellers in the aviation security, biosecurity, and customs areas.

The Building (Earthquake-prone buildings) Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Building and Construction, Maurice Williamson. This bill amends the Building Act 2004 to improve the system for managing earthquake-prone buildings.

The Victims of Crime Reform Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Justice, Judith Collins. This bill amends legislation so as to implement the Government’s reform package for victims of crime.

 

 

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Parliament Today 11 February 2014

February 11th, 2014 at 12:07 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer.

Questions to Ministers 2.00PM – 3.00PM

  1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “personally I’ve been of the view that transparency is a good thing. As Prime Minister I’ve tried to lead that charge…”?
  2. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. Hon KATE WILKINSON to the Minister of Finance: How is the stronger New Zealand economy supporting more jobs and higher incomes?
  4. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: By how much did wages and salaries increase between December 2008 and December 2013 according to the Labour Cost Index and how does this compare to inflation according to the Consumer Price Index over the same period?
  5. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement “I think there’s going to be an expectation, particularly for those people with skills that are in demand, that they will be doing better than zero pay increases”?
  6. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received about the number of young people in employment, education or training?
  7. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that the establishment of Partnership Schools represents value for money to the taxpayer?
  8. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Is his Government’s emissions trading scheme working, given hundreds of thousands of seedlings are being destroyed across the country due to the collapsed carbon price?
  9. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Did he ask Prime Minister Tony Abbott to take any action against the supermarket ban on New Zealand products and unfair treatment of New Zealanders living in Australia; if so, what did he ask for?
  10. SIMON O’CONNOR to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on recognising and celebrating the teaching profession?
  11. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Further to his answers to supplementary questions to Oral Question No 11 on Thursday 30 January relating to his responsibility for the security of information, does he believe that all his actions as a Minister mean he is an appropriate person to hold the position of Minister of Internal Affairs?
  12. MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Police: What recent announcements has she made on the number of foot patrols undertaken by Police?

Today Labour are asking five questions. These are whether the Prime Minister stands by all his statements, pay increases, partnership schools, the Australian supermarket ban on NZ goods and the suitability of the Minister of internal Affairs to hold the portfolio. New Zealand First is asking the Prime Minister about transparency. The Greens are asking about Wages and the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Patsy of the day goes to Simon O’Connor for Question 10: What recent announcements has she made on recognising and celebrating the teaching profession?

Debate on the Prime Minister’s Statement 3.00PM-4.00PM.

This will probably be debated for one hour. There is 6 Hours and 37 minutes remaining.

Government Bills 4.00PM – 6.00PM and 7.30PM-10.00PM.

1. Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill – First Reading

2. Subantarctic Islands Marine Reserves Bill - Third Reading

3. Victims of Crime Reform Bill – Second Reading

The Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill  is being guided through the House by the Associate Minister of Health, Tariana Turia. This bill introduces a plain packaging regime for tobacco products.

The Subantarctic Islands Marine Reserves Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Conservation, Dr Nick Smith. This bill would create three new marine reserves.

The Victims of Crime Reform Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Justice, Judith Collins. This bill amends legislation so as to implement the Government’s reform package for victims of crime.

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Parliament Today January 30

January 30th, 2014 at 12:51 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer.

Questions to Ministers 2.00PM-3.00PM. 

  1. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the outlook for the economy this year – and particularly for monetary policy and interest rates?
  2. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Will the Government be announcing a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for 2030; if so, when?
  3. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree that asset and income inequality have increased over the past 30 years; if not, why not?
  4. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: What recent reports has she received on the progress of the Government’s welfare reforms?
  5. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: Why did he decide to source new training aircraft for the Royal New Zealand Air Force from Wichita Kansas rather than Hamilton New Zealand despite a 40-year relationship with the New Zealand company, Pacific Aerospace?
  6. COLIN KING to the Minister of Science and Innovation: How is the Government supporting genetics research in the sheep and beef sector?
  7. RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister of Defence: Is he satisfied with all aspects of the Air Force deal to buy 11 American T-6C aircraft; if so, why?
  8. JACINDA ARDERN to the Deputy Prime Minister: Does he agree with the Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty that “The available evidence overwhelmingly supports greater investment in the early years of a child’s life”?
  9. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Conservation: What advice has he received about the impacts of pests on our native birds, particularly Kiwi, and how will a beech mast this year affect these birds survival?
  10. DENISE ROCHE to the Minister of Labour: Will he commit to regulating the hours of work in the forestry sector immediately, given there have been 11 worker deaths in the sector in the past 13 months; if not, why not?
  11. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Does he stand by all his statements?
  12. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Corrections: What recent updates has she received on the implementation of working prisons?

Today Labour are asking four questions. These are about income inequality, defence procurement, child poverty and whether the Minister of Internal Affairs stands by all his statements. The Greens are asking about greenhouse gas emissions and deaths in the forestry industry.  New Zealand First are asking about defence procurement.

Government Bills 3.00 – 6.00PM

1. Sub Antarctic Marine Reserves Bill – Third Reading

2. Airports (Cost Recovery for Processing of International Travellers) Bill - Third Reading

The Sub Antarctic Marine Reserves Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Conservation, Nick Smith. It will create three new marine reserves in the Sub Antarctic region.

The Airports (Cost Recovery for Processing of International Travellers) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy. This bill provides for cost recovery arising from processing of travellers in the aviation security, biosecurity, and customs areas.

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Parliament Today 29 January 2014

January 29th, 2014 at 11:58 am by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer 2.00PM -3.00PM

Questions to Ministers.

  1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in 2011 that “for the average New Zealand child, most of them are doing extremely well”?
  2. PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received indicating that progress in lifting economic growth will create new job opportunities and support higher wages in 2014?
  3. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement yesterday that “giving the odd kid a lunch. That is not actually going to fix the problem. What will fix the problem is paying $50,000 to a world-class principal to go in and fix up a school that is failing those kids”?
  4. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: Does he believe Immigration New Zealand has the required level of resources to uphold the immigration laws of this country?
  5. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “Government policies have helped to reduce income inequality at the margin”; if not, why not?
  6. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on lifting achievement of children in schools?
  7. JACINDA ARDERN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “I want to see every one of our children getting the very best start to life. They deserve nothing less”?
  8. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: What progress has been made on the Canterbury Home Repair Programme?
  9. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he agree with the Electricity Authority that households have been paying too little for power in the past and how has this issue been corrected under the current Government?
  10. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What recent reports has he received on access to elective surgery?
  11. SIMON O’CONNOR to the Minister of Science and Innovation: How is the Government encouraging New Zealand businesses to undertake more research and development?
  12. Dr RAJEN PRASAD to the Minister of Immigration: Is he concerned about the level of illegal job selling taking place according to reports on Campbell Live this week?

Today Labour are asking five questions. These are two questions about child poverty, one about inequality, elective surgery and immigration. The Greens are asking about child poverty and power bills. NZ First is asking about immigration.

Government Bills 3.00 -5.30PM and 7.30PM- 10.00PM

All legislation is delayed until the debate on the Prime Ministers  2014 statement is completed. There is 11 hours and 23 minutes remaining. Speeches are 10 minutes in duration and take the form of either a defence or attack of the Government’s legislative programme.

Maiden Speeches 5.30PM – 6.00PM

Maiden speeches are 15 minutes each. Poto Williams, the new Labour MP for Christchurch East will make her Maiden Statement to the house. Here is a profile of Poto. Joanne Hayes, a new National list MP following the early retirement of Katrina Shanks, will also make her Maiden Statement to the house. I assume if these speeches are allowed to happen today it will be at 5.30PM before the dinner break. Here is a profile of Jo Hayes.

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Parliament Today 10 December 2013

December 10th, 2013 at 1:39 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer

Questions to Ministers 2.00PM – 3.00PM.

  1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Social Development:Will she set specific targets for reducing child poverty; if so, what child poverty measures will she use?
  2. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What progress has the Government made with its economic programme in 2013?
  3. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: How has the Government’s asset sale programme increased the confidence of “mum and dad investors” in capital markets and improved the standard of living for New Zealanders?
  4. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister for Economic Development:What reports has he received on progress in the manufacturing sector?
  5. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development:Does she stand by her statement that “I do not think that anyone denies that there are children living in this country at a standard that we do not find acceptable”; if so, what specific targets, if any, will she set in light of the Child Poverty Monitor released on Monday?
  6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Associate Minister of Māori Affairs: Does he stand by all of his statements?
  7. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Associate Minister of Health: What recent announcements has he received regarding newly listed medicines?
  8. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Trade: Will he release the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement before it is approved by the Cabinet; if not, why not?
  9. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Deputy Prime Minister: Does he agree with the Children’s Commissioner that “Setting targets, like we do with the road toll and with NCEA, if we had that kind of commitment, that legislation and plan, then we’d see a year-on-year fall”; if so, is he prepared to instruct the Ministerial Committee on Poverty to introduce the four child poverty measures released in the Child Poverty Monitor?
  10. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What recent reports has he received on the affordability of health care for New Zealanders?
  11. CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister for the Environment: What recent reports has she received on the progress of the TV Takeback scheme?
  12. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he believe he is doing a good job of tackling housing demand for those most in need?

Today Labour are asking about asset sales, child poverty, healthcare affordability and housing demand. The Greens are asking about child poverty and the trans-pacific partnership agreement.  New Zealand First is asking whether the Minister of Maori Affairs stands by all his statements.

Patsy question of the day goes to Claudette Hauiti for Question 11: What recent reports has she received on the progress of the TV Takeback scheme?

Government Bills 3.00PM – 6.00PM and 7.30PM-10.00PM.

1. Appropriation (2012/13 Financial Review) Bill – Second Reading

2. Subordinate Legislation (Confirmation and Validation) Bill (No 2) – Second and Third Reading.

3. Taxation (Annual Rates, Employee Allowances, and Remedial  Matters) Bill- First Reading

The Appropriation (2012/13 Financial Review) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Finance, Bill English. The purpose of this bill is to confirm and validate financial matters relating to the 2012/13 financial year.

The Subordinate Legislation (Confirmation and Validation) Bill (No 2) is being guided through the house by the Leader of the House, Gerry Brownlee.  This bill seeks to validate certain subordinate legislation that would otherwise lapse.

The Taxation (Annual Rates, Employee Allowances and Remedial Matters) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Revenue, Todd McClay. taxation omnibus bill introduces amendments to various Inland Revenue Acts.

 

 

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Parliament – 4th December 2013

December 4th, 2013 at 12:50 pm by Scott Miller
 Questions for Oral Answer – 2pm to 3pm
  1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the stability of his Government?
  2. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on progress in lifting New Zealand’s export performance and reducing its reliance on borrowing from overseas lenders?
  3. HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister of Education: What responsibility does she accept for the New Zealand results as identified in the OECD’s PISA report released yesterday, which shows New Zealand’s test scores in maths, reading and science have all deteriorated under her watch, and that New Zealand’s education system has failed to keep pace with the educational achievements of other countries, also under her watch?
  4. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: Why has he revised the estimated proceeds from asset sales down to a minimum of $4.6 billion?
  5. SIMON O’CONNOR to the Minister of Science and Innovation:What steps is the Government taking to improve the understanding, skills and adoption of science and technology in New Zealand society?
  6. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What improvements in health services are shown in the latest health targets results?
  7. Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Associate Minister of Social Development: How is the enhanced information sharing between the Ministry of Social Development and Inland Revenue delivering on the Government’s promise to crack down on welfare fraud?
  8. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that the Government’s educational priorities are leading to an improvement in student achievement; if so, why?
  9. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Defence: How have recent New Zealand Defence Force exercises contributed toward the Government’s goal of developing a Joint Amphibious Task Force?
  10. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Has he been advised whether the Prime Minister stands by his statement on asset sales that “mixed ownership will free up $5 billion to $7 billion”?
  11. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied with her own performance as Minister of Education; if not, why not?
  12. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by all his statements?
Patsy question of the day
Today’s patsy of the day question of the day goes to question 6 from Dr Paul Hutchison to the Minister of Health asking about improvements to health targets.
General Debate – 3pm to 4pm
This debate is made up of 12 rounds of  5 minutes speeches on any general topic members wish to speak on
Private and local orders of the day  – 4pm to 6pm

This bill is designed to correct irregularities in the setting and assessing of rates in the Kaipara District Council area between 2006/07 to 2011/12 as a result of the Kaipara District Council using a one-off targeted rate on residents to pay for the Mangawhai Community Wastewater Scheme. In addition, this bill seeeks to vaildate the 2010/11 annual report, 2009-2019 & 2012-2022 long term plans in regards to the one off targeted rate to help fund the Mangawhai Community Wastewater Scheme.

For more bankground to how this bill has become a major issue for the area, please feel free to visit this link

Kaipara rates revolt – Rodney Times

2) Tasman District Council (Validation and Recovery of Certain Rates) Bill - Hon Damien O’ Connor – Second Reading

This bill is designed to claifiy rating issues in the Tasman District during the years 2003-2004 and 2008-2009 in which they failed to apply section 23 of the Local Government Act 2002 correctly when setting rates in the region, especially in the areas of  Tata Beach and Ligar Bay in Golden Bay who have challenged the Tasman District Council over stormwater charges billed to them during these years.

For some background reading to the bill and the reasons why it has been created feel free to read these stories from the Nelson Mail

http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/7731601/Council-seeks-bill-to-fix-rating-mistake
http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/7783535/Residents-meet-MP-over-new-bill

Members’ orders of the day – 7.30pm to 10pm

1) Electronic Transactions (Contract Formation) Amendment Bill - Paul Goldsmith – Second Reading

The primary purpose of this bill is to amend the  Electronic Transactions Act 2002 to clarify when a contract is formed upon being accepted and communicated electronically between groups.  This bill adapts an already accpeted rule  found in common law from the Adams v Lindsell case which finds that a contract is accepted upon posting back a signed contract to a group, to include electronic communications of contracts.

2) Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment Bill - Hone Harawira – First Reading

The purpose of this bill is to provide state funded Breakfast and Lunch programmes to all decile 1 and 2 schools in New Zealand by amending the Education Act 1989 to allow for state funding of this programme. This bill is orignally designed as a result of the Child Poverty Action Groups 2011 report entitled – Hunger for learning, which called for action to be taken in regards to poverty in New Zealand.

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Parliament Today 21 November 2013

November 21st, 2013 at 12:53 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer.

Questions to Ministers 2.00PM – 3.00PM

  1. Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy – and especially on further signs of economic momentum in the regions and among manufacturers?
  2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: How much did the Government’s share sales in Mighty River Power, Meridian, and Air New Zealand raise, given that the Supplement to the 2010 Investment Statement of the Government of New Zealand projected that those sales would raise $5.18 billion?
  3. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for ACC: How much did ACC invest in Pike River Coal Limited and in New Zealand Oil and Gas Limited over the last eight years, and how much has it made or lost in total on its investment in each company, taking into account share purchases, subscriptions and sales, dividends, and current share prices?
  4. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Māori Affairs:Does he stand by his statement “I know Māori want to talk about the place of the Treaty of Waitangi in our constitution, and how our legal and political systems can reflect tikanga Māori.”; if so, why?
  5. Hon SHANE JONES to the Associate Minister of Finance: Is he satisfied with his performance in regard to his delegations as Associate Minister of Finance?
  6. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Building and Construction: What reports has he received regarding the state of the building and construction sector?
  7. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister for the Environment: Did the Environmental Protection Authority assess the full version of Anadarko’s Discharge Management Plan and Emergency Response Plan as part of its evaluation of the company’s Environmental Impact Assessment for the Deepwater Taranaki Well; if not, why not?
  8. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: When, if at all, did Cabinet approve the timing of the Air New Zealand sell-down and what directions did Cabinet give the shareholding Ministers?
  9. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Housing: What steps is the Government taking to rebuild Christchurch’s housing stock damaged or destroyed by the earthquakes?
  10. Hon DAMIEN O’CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by his statement “The opportunity, and challenge, for our meat producers now is to add value to different cuts of meat and continue to sell the New Zealand story”; if so, why?
  11. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Local Government: How is the Government improving councils’ financial reporting?
  12. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does he stand by his statement that “I am especially keen to hear what affected parties have to say on the Part 6A proposals in the Bill, and will carefully consider their submissions and the recommendations of the select committee”?

Labour is today asking five questions. These are about the investments of ACC, performance of Associate Ministers of Finance, the Air New Zealand share sale, adding value to meat exports and proposed Labour law changes.

Patsy question of the day goes to Nicky Wagner for Question 9: What steps is the Government taking to rebuild Christchurch’s housing stock damaged or destroyed by the earthquakes?

Government Bills 3.00PM – 6.00PM and 7.30PM – 10.00PM (The House is sitting under urgency)

1. Statutes Amendment Bill – Committee Stage

2. Unit Titles Amendment Bill – Committee Stage

3. Medicines Amendment Bill - Committee Stage

4. Immigration Amendment Bill (No 2) – First Reading

The Statutes Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Courts, Chester Borrows. This is an omnibus bill proposing amendments of a technical nature to 30 Acts.

The Unit Titles Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Courts, Chester Borrows. The provisions of this bill were divided out from the Statutes Amendment Bill (Formerly part of Statutes Amendment Bill).

The Medicines Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Associate Minister of Health, Todd McClay. This bill amends the Medicines Act 1981 to address some problematic provisions affecting the approval and prescription of medicines and medical devices.

The Immigration Amendment Bill (No 2) is being guided through the house by the Minister of Immigration, Michael Woodhouse. The Bill will ensure that New Zealand’s immigration system is robust, supports the security of the borders, and the integrity of the immigration system.

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Parliament Today 20 November 2013

November 20th, 2013 at 12:53 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer

Questions to Minister 2.00PM – 3.00PM 

  1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  2. Hon Dr PITA SHARPLES to the Minister of Labour: What is he doing to improve industry standards and to resource safety inspectors appropriately in order to respond to analysis from the Chief Coroner that the forestry sector has the nation’s highest rate of workplace injury deaths?
  3. SIMON O’CONNOR to the Minister of Finance: What recent announcements has the Government made on the next steps in its share offer programme, which is freeing up money to invest in new public assets without having to borrow from overseas lenders?
  4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his answers to Oral Question No. 9 yesterday?
  5. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister for Economic Development:How is the Government’s Business Growth Agenda helping to strengthen the New Zealand economy?
  6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister of Immigration; if so, why?
  7. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: How much of the over $1 billion announced for refurbishing Christchurch schools last week will come from money the schools were already due to receive in the form of regular property funding, leaky buildings remediation, and insurance payouts?
  8. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Corrections: What recent updates has she received on the use of GPS technology to monitor offenders?
  9. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by the Prime Minister’s statement to the New Zealand petroleum industry annual conference that “This Government is very clear, we won’t let cowboys operate here in New Zealand”?
  10. MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Housing: What international reports has he received on how housing affordability can be improved and what lessons can New Zealand learn from these experiences?
  11. DAVID SHEARER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he agree with the Prime Minister’s statement with regard to his conversation with the British Prime Minister the Rt Hon David Cameron, about Sri Lanka, that: “I just sort of said to him ‘where do you think it’s all going?’ I mean, like us, I mean I think everybody is now really focused on what’s the next steps going forward”?
  12. Hon PETER DUNNE to the Associate Minister of Health: Does the Government support the fluoridation of water supplies?

Today Labour are asking four questions. These are about whether the Prime Minister stands by all his statements, waiting lists at hospitals, funding for Christchurch schools, and relations with Sri Lanka. The Greens are asking about oil drilling. New Zealand First is asking about Immigration.

Patsy question of the day goes to Louise Upston for Question 8: What recent updates has she received on the use of GPS technology to monitor offenders?

Government Bills 3.00PM-6.00PM and 7.30PM-12.00AM. (The House is sitting under Urgency)

1. Game Animal Council Bill - Second Reading

2. Māori Television Service (Te Aratuku Whakaata Irirangi Māori) Amendment Bill - Second Reading

3. Building Amendment Bill (No 4) - Committee Stage

4.Financial Reporting Bill - Committee Stage

5. Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Covered Bonds) Amendment Bill  - Committee Stage

The Game Animal Council Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Conservation, Dr Nick Smith. This bill establishes the Game Hunting Council as part of a national wild game management strategy.

The Māori Television Service (Te Aratuku Whakaata Irirangi Māori) Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Maori Affairs, Dr Pita Sharples. This bill amends the Māori Television Service (Te Aratuku Whakaata Irirangi Māori) Act 2003 following the report of a review panel comprising the Minister of Maori Affairs, the Minister of Finance, and the chairperson of Te Putahi Paoho.

The Building Amendment Bill (No 4) is being guided through the house by the Minister for Building and Construction, Maurice Williamson. This bill implements policy decisions of the Building Act Review to provide incentives for building professionals and trades people to take responsibility for their work and to stand behind it.

The Financial Reporting Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Commerce, Craig Foss. The purpose of the bill is to improve the financial reporting system by making general-purpose financial reporting consistent with the primary objective of the financial reporting system, which is to provide information to external users who have a need for an entity’s financial statements but are unable to demand them.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Covered Bonds) Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Finance, Bill English. This bill seeks to establish a legislative framework for covered bonds.

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Parliament Today 19 November 2013

November 19th, 2013 at 12:10 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer.

Questions to Ministers 2.00PM – 3.00PM

  1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Why has he announced that the Government plans to end its asset sales programme given that he claims it has been a success?
  2. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Attorney-General: Has he been advised whether the Prime Minister stands by his statement that “the Government believes there is no cause of action” to help contribute to the compensation for the Pike River families?
  3. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in building a more competitive and productive economy that supports more jobs and higher incomes for New Zealanders?
  4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  5. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: What concerns, if any, does he have regarding the operation of Immigration New Zealand?
  6. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Education: What recent announcement has she made on the single largest investment in education infrastructure in Christchurch?
  7. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Was he advised prior to signing the Reserve Bank Memorandum of Understanding that LVR restrictions would disproportionally affect first-home buyers and that regional exemptions would not apply?
  8. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by the Prime Minister’s statement that, “the reality is that there’s been 50,000 wells drilled in the Gulf of Mexico since the 1960s and they’ve had a problem with one of them.”?
  9. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: How many patients in the year to June 2013, who have been assessed as needing an operation, but are unable to receive it within 5 months, have been told they will not be receiving an operation at this time?
  10. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for the Environment: What recent announcements has she made to protect wild and scenic New Zealand rivers?
  11. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister for the Environment: Does she stand by all her statements?
  12. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs: What progress has been made in planning for Anzac Day at Gallipoli in 2015?

Today Labour are asking five questions. These are about Pike River compensation, whether the Prime Minister stands by all his statements, LVR restrictions, surgery waiting lists and whether the Minister for the Environment stands by all her statements. The Greens are asking two questions about asset sales, and oil drilling. New Zealand First is asking one question about immigration.

Patsy question of the day goes to Jacqui Dean for Question 10: What recent announcements has she made to protect wild and scenic New Zealand rivers?

Government Bills 3.00PM – 6.00PM and 7.30PM – 10.00PM.

1. Social Housing Reform (Housing Restructuring and Tenancy Matters Amendment) Bill - Committee Stage

2. Game Animal Council Bill - Second Reading

3. Māori Television Service (Te Aratuku Whakaata Irirangi Māori) Amendment Bill - Second Reading

4. Building Amendment Bill (No 4) - Committee Stage

The Social Housing Reform (Housing Restructuring and Tenancy Matters Amendment) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Housing, Dr Nick Smith. This bill provides a framework for the future provision of social housing.

The Game Animal Council Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Conservation, Dr Nick Smith. This bill establishes the Game Hunting Council as part of a national wild game management strategy.

The Māori Television Service (Te Aratuku Whakaata Irirangi Māori) Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Maori Affairs, Dr Pita Sharples. This bill amends the Māori Television Service (Te Aratuku Whakaata Irirangi Māori) Act 2003 following the report of a review panel comprising the Minister of Maori Affairs, the Minister of Finance, and the chairperson of Te Putahi Paoho.

The Building Amendment Bill (No 4) is being guided through the house by the Minister for Building and Construction, Maurice Williamson. This bill implements policy decisions of the Building Act Review to provide incentives for building professionals and trades people to take responsibility for their work and to stand behind it.

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Parliament Today 14 November 2013

November 14th, 2013 at 1:10 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer.

Questions to Ministers 2.00 – 3.00 PM.

  1. SIMON O’CONNOR to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government’s Better Public Services programme contributing to a stronger economy?
  2. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Can he rule out the partial sale of Air New Zealand proceeding prior to 30 November 2013?
  3. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on repairing, rebuilding and renewing schools in Christchurch?
  4. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by all his statements?
  5. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Housing: What initiatives has the Government recently taken to assist first home buyers and ensure more lower cost homes are being built?
  6. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers?
  7. Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister for Building and Construction: Does he agree with IPENZ Chief Executive, Andrew Cleland, that the Government needs to give the Institute greater powers to hold their own to account?
  8. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Revenue: Why is the Government seeking feedback on the financial reporting requirements that apply to most New Zealand companies?
  9. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: What advice, if any, has he received on public support for measures designed to reduce demand in the housing market?
  10. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Trade: Why is he not prepared to release the text of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement?
  11. MIKE SABIN to the Minister for Primary Industries: What announcements has he made on boosting growth in the Northland region?
  12. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by his statement that “I think climate change is something that has happened always, so to simply come up and say it’s man-made is an interesting prospect”; and how does that view affect his decisions on transport investment?

Today Labour are asking four questions. These are about the potential for a partial sale of Air New Zealand, whether the Minsiter of Transport stands by all his statements, holding Engineers to account, and measures to reduce demand in the housing market. The Greens are asking whether the Prime Minister has confidence in all his ministers and climate change. New Zealand First is asking about the text of the proposed TPP.

Patsy question of the day goes to Paul Foster-Bell for Question 5: What initiatives has the Government recently taken to assist first home buyers and ensure more lower cost homes are being built?

Government Bills 3.00PM – 6.00PM.

1. Members of Parliament (Remuneration and Services) Bill - Third Reading

2. Pike River Implementation Bill (Now in three parts, 1, 2, 3) -

This bill is being guided through the house by the Prime Minister, John Key. This bill seeks to establish a new framework for setting entitlements for members of Parliament and the Executive.

This bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Labour, Simon Bridges. This bill seeks to implement the findings of the Royal Commission on the Pike River tragedy.

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Parliament Today 12 November 2013

November 12th, 2013 at 1:18 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer.

Questions to Ministers 2.00PM – 3.00PM.

  1. MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What do official statistics show about progress in the Government’s goal of supporting new jobs and higher incomes for New Zealanders?
  2. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement yesterday that the compensation awarded to the Pike River families “should be serviced by the company, not by the Crown”?
  3. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister of Justice: What steps is the Government taking to support victims of sexual violence?
  4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Will the Government tax realised capital gains on investment property; if not, why not?
  5. JAN LOGIE to the Prime Minister: Will he oppose Sri Lanka chairing the Commonwealth following the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Sri Lanka, as called for by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative?
  6. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Conservation: What steps is the Government taking to improve the conservation of New Zealand’s 113 species of shark?
  7. ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all her answers to Oral Question No. 9 on Tuesday and Oral Question No. 8 on Wednesday last week?
  8. RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister for Primary Industries: What concerns, if any, does he have regarding government policy for the dairy industry in New Zealand?
  9. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Associate Minister of Health: What actions has the Government taken to ensure compliance with the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013?
  10. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Will her proposed changes to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management ensure our rivers and lakes are safe for swimming?
  11. SUE MORONEY to the Minister for Social Development: Does she agree with the statement made by her spokeswoman with regard to Work and Income requirements for the disability allowance that “There’s no reason anyone would be repeatedly asked to prove a congenital condition and we have no information about any cases where that has happened”?
  12. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Commerce: What progress has the Government made on the introduction of new KiwiSaver periodic disclosure rules?

Today Labour are asking about Pike River compensation, Capital Gains Tax, the Roastbusters, and the disability allowance. The Greens are asking about whether CHOGM should be held in Sri Lanka and management of Freshwater. New Zealand First is asking about the dairy industry.

Government MPs are today asking five patsies. These are about the economy, supporting victims of sexual violence, conservation of shark species, compliance with the Psyschoactive Substances Act 2013 and the new periodic Kiwisaver disclosure regime.

Patsy of the day goes to Nicky Wagner for Question 6:  What steps is the Government taking to improve the conservation of New Zealand’s 113 species of shark?

Government Bills 3.00PM-6.00PM and 7.30PM-10.00PM.

1. New Zealand International Convention Centre Bill – Third Reading

2. Members of Parliament (Remuneration and Services) Bill – Committee Stage

3. Health and Safety (Pike River Implementation) Bill – Committee Stage

4. Social Housing Reform (Housing Restructuring and Tenancy Matters Amendment) Bill - Committee Stage

5. Insolvency Practitioners Bill - Committee Stage

The  New Zealand International Convention Centre Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Economic Development, Steven Joyce.The purpose of the Bill is to give effect to an agreement between SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited and the Crown called the New Zealand International Convention Centre Project and Licensing Agreement.

The Members of Parliament (Remuneration and Services) Bill is being guided through the house by the Prime Minister, John Key. This bill seeks to establish a new framework for setting entitlements for members of Parliament and the Executive.

The  Health and Safety (Pike River Implementation) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Labour, Simon Bridges. This bill proposes legislative changes to implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy.

The Social Housing Reform (Housing Restructuring and Tenancy Matters Amendment) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Housing, Nick Smith. This bill provides a framework for the future provision of social housing.

The Insolvency Practitioners Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Commerce, Craig Foss. This bill creates powers to restrict or prohibit individuals from providing insolvency services, and strengthens measures to automatically disqualify insolvency practitioners.

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Parliament Today 7 November 2013

November 7th, 2013 at 12:25 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer.

Questions to Ministers 2.00 PM – 3.00 PM.

  1. DENIS O’ROURKE to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: Is he satisfied with progress on all aspects of the Canterbury earthquake recovery?
  2. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Police: Does she have confidence in the Police investigation of alleged sexual violation against young women and underage girls in West Auckland?
  3. PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: What progress has the National-led Government made in building a more productive and competitive economy capable of supporting more jobs and higher incomes for New Zealanders?
  4. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Police: When was she first advised that Police had received a complaint from a girl who alleged she had been raped by members of a group calling themselves the Roast Busters?
  5. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: Will the Government enforce its broadband contract with Chorus?
  6. CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister for the Environment: What announcements has the Government made in relation to the national policy statement for freshwater?
  7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: What reports has he received on the effect of loan-to-value restrictions on the housing market?
  8. Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received about the number of people receiving benefits?
  9. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How does women’s participation rate of 1 percent in building and construction industry training assist with the Christchurch rebuild?
  10. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made to strengthen the status of the teaching profession?
  11. EUGENIE SAGE to the Associate Minister of Health: Does she agree with the Canterbury Medical Officer of Health that increasing nitrate levels in Canterbury groundwater are a health risk, particularly for pregnant women and babies; if not, why not?
  12. HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister of Finance: What is his budget plan, if any, to immediately address growing poverty in New Zealand, which has got so bad that charitable organisations have today said they are expecting an influx of more than 40,000 struggling families for Christmas dinner because they can’t afford to put food on the table?

Today Labour are asking four questions.  Labour are asking about the Roastbusters affair, the governments broadband contract with Chorus, loan-to-value lending ratios, and the participation of women in the Canterbury rebuild. The Greens are also asking about the Roastbusters affair and Canterbury groundwater. New Zealand first is asking about the Canterbury rebuild. Mana is asking about poverty.

Patsy of the day goes to Cam Calder for Question 10: What recent announcements has she made to strengthen the status of the teaching profession?

Government Bills 3.00 PM – 6.00 PM

1. New Zealand International Convention Centre Bill – Committee Stage

2. Social Housing Reform (Housing Restructuring and Tenancy Matters Amendment) Bill -

The New Zealand International Convention Centre Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Economic Development, Steven Joyce. The purpose of the Bill is to give effect to an agreement between SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited and the Crown called the New Zealand International Convention Centre Project and Licensing Agreement.

The Social Housing Reform (Housing Restructuring and Tenancy Matters Amendment) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Housing, Nick Smith.  This bill provides a framework for the future provision of social housing.

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Parliament Today 6 November 2013

November 6th, 2013 at 1:05 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer

Questions to Ministers 2.00PM – 3.00PM

  1. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that a publicly-owned insurer is a “dumb idea”?
  2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements regarding Government policy?
  3. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy – and especially on further signs of improving economic momentum and increasing business and consumer confidence?
  4. Hon SHANE JONES to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Ministers?
  5. Hon PETER DUNNE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What advice has he received on the call from Amnesty International opposing the appointment of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Chair of the Commonwealth for the next two years, and host of next week’s Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting?
  6. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: Does he still believe that New Zealanders can have confidence in EQC?
  7. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Commerce: What steps is the Government taking to introduce more competition into the housing construction market?
  8. JAN LOGIE to the Minister of Justice: When she said, in response to whether the pre-trial and trial process precludes some sexual violence victims from complaining “quite clearly, it does not”; did she mean that few sexual violence victims are deterred from complaining by the process itself?
  9. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister for State Owned Enterprises?
  10. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Corrections: What recent announcements has she made on the redevelopment of prison facilities?
  11. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by his statement that the housing situation in Christchurch is “a challenge, not a crisis”?
  12. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: How does the Government intend to mark the centenary of the First World War?

Today Labour are asking four questions. These are about a potential public insurer (KiwiAssure), whether the Prime Minister has confidence in all his Ministers, confidence in EQC and Housing supply. The Greens are asking about whether the Prime Ministers stands by his statements on policy, and trial procedures for victims of sexual violence. New Zealand First is asking whether the Prime Minister has confidence in the Minister for State Owned Enterprises, Tony Ryall.

Patsy question of the day goes to Jacqui Dean for Question 8: What recent announcements has she made on the redevelopment of prison facilities?

General Debate 3.00PM – 4.00PM

A debate of twelve speeches of no more than five minutes each. Quite good usually.

Government Bills 4.ooPM – 6.00PM and 7.30PM – 10.00PM

1. New Zealand International Convention Centre Bill -Committee Stage

2. Health and Safety (Pike River Implementation) Bill -Committee Stage

3. Members of Parliament (Remuneration and Services) Bill – Committee Stage

4. Insolvency Practitioners Bill – Second Reading

The New Zealand International Convention Centre Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Economic Development, Steven Joyce. The purpose of the Bill is to give effect to an agreement between SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited and the Crown called the New Zealand International Convention Centre Project and Licensing Agreement.

The Health and Safety (Pike River Implementation) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Labour, Simon Bridges. This bill proposes legislative changes to implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy.

The Members of Parliament (Remuneration and Services) Bill is being guided through the house by the Prime Minister, John Key. This bill seeks to establish a new framework for setting entitlements for members of Parliament and the Executive.

The Insolvency Practitioners Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Commerce, Craig Foss. This bill creates powers to restrict or prohibit individuals from providing insolvency services, and strengthens measures to automatically disqualify insolvency practitioners.

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Parliament Today 5 November 2013

November 5th, 2013 at 2:04 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer 

Questions to Ministers 2.00 PM -3.00 PM.

  1. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government’s economic programme supporting New Zealand families, particularly those on low incomes and with dependent children?
  2. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the insurance industry is “a highly efficient market”?
  3. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister of Transport: How will the construction of Transmission Gully benefit the Wellington region?
  4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with IAG’s submission to the Commerce Commission that “there is real potential for major banks to begin underwriting their own general insurance products, and to compete directly with the incumbent insurance companies at the underwriting level as they already do at a retail level of the insurance market”?
  5. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Economic Development:Did his office withhold information about the harm caused by the SkyCity convention centre deal because it was considered sensitive by SkyCity; if so, why?
  6. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What progress has been made in the rebuild of the University of Canterbury?
  7. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the advice his Ministers receive from Government departments?
  8. MIKE SABIN to the Associate Minister of Justice: What has been the outcome of his review of the 2002 Youth Offending Strategy?
  9. JAN LOGIE to the Minister of Justice: Will she reconsider an alternative trial process for sexual abuse cases following Police statements that girls targeted by the Roast Busters group have not been “brave enough” to bring a complaint; if not, why not?
  10. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement on Q+A in relation to child poverty that “So why do an official measure that then by very definition still has, quite frankly, you know, it’s, sort of, wherever you put the measure, you’re always going to have people in poverty …”?
  11. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Housing: What progress has the Government made in growing the community housing sector?
  12. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: Will the Government abide by the final Unbundled Bitstream Access Service Price Review determination issued by the Commerce Commission today?

Today Labour are asking four questions. These are two questions about the New Zealand insurance market, one about child poverty and finally a question about Ultra Fast Broadband. The Greens are asking two questions, these are about Skycity Casino and the Roastbusters group. New Zealand First is asking whether the Prime Minister has confidence in the advice he receives from government departments.

Patsy of the day goes to Mike Sabin for Question 8:  What has been the outcome of his review of the 2002 Youth Offending Strategy?

Government Bills 3.00 PM – 6.00 PM and 7.30 PM – 10.00 PM

1. Human Rights Amendment Bill - First Reading (Interrupted)

2. Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill – Third Reading

3. New Zealand International Convention Centre Bill – Second Reading

4. Industry Training and Apprenticeships Amendment Bill - First Reading

The Human Rights Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Justice, Judith Collins. This bill enables the establishment of a full-time Disability Rights Commissioner within the Human Rights Commission, and makes changes to the role and structure of the Commission.

The  Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill  is being guided through the house by the Minister for ICT, Amy Adams. The bill seeks to repeal and replace the Telecommunications (Interception Capability) Act 2004

The New Zealand International Convention Centre Bill is being guided through he house by the Minister for Economic Development, Steven Joyce. The purpose of the Bill is to give effect to an agreement between SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited and the Crown called the New Zealand International Convention Centre Project and Licensing Agreement.

The Industry Training and Apprenticeships Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Steven Joyce. The Industry Training and Apprenticeships Amendment Bill makes the amendments required to implement the findings of the industry taining review undertaken by the Government in 2011 and 2012

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Parliament Today 24 October 2013

October 24th, 2013 at 12:27 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer

Questions to Ministers 2.ooPM -3.00PM

  1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he consider that the Government’s Meridian Energy sale was a failure, given that it attracted only 62,000 retail buyers, which is only a quarter of the 250,000 forecast?
  2. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: What recent progress has the Government made in its share offer programme – and particularly in generating money for investing in new public assets without having to borrow from overseas lenders?
  4. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Finance: What reports, if any, has the Reserve Bank had from trading banks on the effect of loan-to-value ratio lending limits on housing construction?
  5. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: What recent initiatives has the Government supported to provide better support to those affected by sexual violence?
  6. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: Have attrition rates in the last year, which reached 23 percent in the Navy and 24 percent in the Army, reduced the capability of the New Zealand Defence Force?
  7. Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Housing: What progress is the Government making in increasing housing supply, improving the quality of the Government’s housing stock and growing the community social housing sector?
  8. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does he stand by all his statements on health and safety?
  9. SHANE ARDERN to the Associate Minister of Health: What is the Government doing to support rural general practice?
  10. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by his statement about oil and gas, “As minister, my job is to support the development of these resources in a sensible, safe and environmentally responsible way”?
  11. Dr CAM CALDER to the Associate Minister of Transport: What progress is being made in bringing down New Zealand’s road toll?
  12. Le’aufa’amulia ASENATI LOLE-TAYLOR to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by all his statements?

Today Labour are asking four questions. These are about whether the Minister of Finance stands by all his statements, lending limits for mortgages, attrition in the New Zealand Defence Force,  and health and safety. The Greens are asking about the Meridian Energy share float, and the development of natural resources. New Zealand First are asking whether the Minister for Energy and resources stands by all his statements.

Patsy question of the day goes to Shane Ardern for Quetion 9: What is the Government doing to support rural general practice?

Government Bill 3.00PM – 6.00PM and 7.30PM – 10.00PM.

A bill is being introduced at 3.00PM of which the content is not known. A deal has been made with Labour and The Greens to ensure it passes through all three stages of debate under urgency today, and will become law shortly afterwards. You can read what is known about this secret bill here.

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Parliament Today 17 October 2013

October 17th, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer

Questions to Ministers 2.00PM-3.00PM

  1. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement yesterday that Hon John Banks is a “credible” and “trustworthy” individual?
  2. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Economic Development:Has Cabinet discussed delaying the passage of the New Zealand International Convention Centre Bill until the Hon John Banks prosecution is resolved; if not, why not?
  3. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making with its multi-billion dollar infrastructure investment programme, as part of its wider plan to build a more productive and competitive economy?
  4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Dominion Post report that “Bill English was gushing about the NZ Super Fund yesterday” saying it was “one of the best-structured sovereign wealth funds in the world”?
  5. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received on the progress of the Government’s welfare reforms to date?
  6. Hon DAMIEN O’CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by all his statements?
  7. JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: When she said last month, “for every example that the member can give, I can give another 10 of people who are grateful for the help that they are getting” was she saying that it is acceptable that a large portion of people are not getting the help they are entitled to?
  8. DENIS O’ROURKE to the Minister of Immigration: How many people are currently classified as unlawfully in New Zealand, and what steps, if any, has he taken to reduce that number?
  9. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Conservation: When was he first informed by the Department of Conservation that they were considering contributing to any submission on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal that might include nitrogen and phosphorous management?
  10. Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Health: What progress is the Government making on its Rheumatic Fever Programme?
  11. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Small Business: What advice, if any, has he received on the impact of fraud, corruption and dishonesty on small business and what has he done about it?
  12. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Corrections: What recent announcements has she made on improving the safety of Corrections staff?

Today Labour are asking five questions. These are about John Banks’ resignation as a Minister, the NZ Super Fund, The Ministry of Primary Industries, the Tukituki catchment proposal, and dishonesty in Small Business. The Greens are asking two questions today, these are about the Sky City Casino deal, and access to social welfare benefits. New Zealand First is asking about immigration.

Patsy of the day award goes to Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga for Question 10: What progress is the Government making on its Rheumatic Fever Programme?

Government Bills 3.00PM – 6.00PM

1.Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill - Committee Stage

2. Veterans’ Support Bill – First Reading

The Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for ICT, Amy Adams.  This bill seeks to repeal and replace the Telecommunications (Interception Capability) Act 2004 in order to ensure that interception obligations applying to the telecommunications industry are clear, do not impose unnecessary compliance costs, and are sufficiently flexible to respond to current and future operational needs and technological developments. It also seeks to require network operators to engage with the Government on network security matters, inform the Government of certain proposed decisions, courses of action, or changes in relation to an area of “specified security interest”, and work with the Government to apply any specific risk-based and proportionate security measures. David wrote about the bill earlier here.

The Veterans’ Support Bill is being introduced into the house by the Minister for Veterans Affairs, Michael Woodhouse. This bill gives effect to the recommendations of the Law Commission in its 2010 report recommending a new support scheme for veterans of military service to replace the War Pensions Act 1954.

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Parliament Today 16 October 2013

October 16th, 2013 at 12:21 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer

Questions to Ministers 2.00PM – 3.00PM.

  1. PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received about forecasts for the New Zealand economy and how are these being reflected in levels of business confidence?
  2. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by the statement made on his behalf on 25 September “The Minister was aware that the Department of Conservation was working on a submission. He was not aware of the content of the leaked draft submission until Tuesday, 17 September”?
  3. COLIN KING to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What recent announcements has the Government made about investment in the National Science Challenges?
  4. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers?
  5. BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister of Energy and Resources:Does he stand by all of his recent statements?
  6. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Justice: What recent steps have been taken by the Government to make it easier to resolve cross-border disputes between New Zealand and Australia?
  7. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received in the last month of New Zealanders receiving inadequate health services?
  8. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Housing: What progress has the Government made in addressing Auckland’s housing supply issues over the past two weeks?
  9. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that she is fulfilling all of her legal obligations under the Education Act 1989; if so, why?
  10. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Statistics: What does the latest release of Census data show in regard to population growth in the regions?
  11. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: How many submissions did the Department of Conservation make on regional, district or city plans or regional policy statements in 2012/13 that related to water quality issues?
  12. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he now accept that his statement that Chorus “will go broke” is incorrect; if not, why not?

Today Labour are asking four questions. These questions are about the Ruataniwha dam, Health, the responsibilities of the Minister of Health, and the financial position of Chorus. Labour Leader David Cunliffe is asking two out of four questions himself. The Greens are aksing two questions, whether the Prime Minister has confidence in all his Ministers, and water quality. Independent MP Brendan Horan is asking whether Minister for Energy and Resources Simon Bridges stands by all his statements.

The patsy of the day award goes to Paul Foster-Bell for Question 6:  What recent steps have been taken by the Government to make it easier to resolve cross-border disputes between New Zealand and Australia?

General Debate 3.00PM – 4.00PM 

A lively weekly debate of twelve speeches of no more than five minutes each.

Government Bills 4.00PM – 6.00PM and 7.30PM-10.00PM

1.Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill

2.Insolvency Practitioners Bill

3.Industry Training and Apprenticeships Amendment Bill

4.Human Rights Amendment Bill

The Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for ICT, Amy Adams.  This bill seeks to repeal and replace the Telecommunications (Interception Capability) Act 2004 in order to ensure that interception obligations applying to the telecommunications industry are clear, do not impose unnecessary compliance costs, and are sufficiently flexible to respond to current and future operational needs and technological developments. It also seeks to require network operators to engage with the Government on network security matters, inform the Government of certain proposed decisions, courses of action, or changes in relation to an area of “specified security interest”, and work with the Government to apply any specific risk-based and proportionate security measures. David wrote about the bill earlier here.

The Insolvency Practitioners Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Commerce, Craig Foss. This bill creates powers to restrict or prohibit individuals from providing insolvency services, and strengthens measures to automatically disqualify insolvency practitioners.

The Industry Training and Apprenticeships Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Steven Joyce. The Industry Training and Apprenticeships Amendment Bill makes the amendments required to implement the findings of the industry training review undertaken by the Government in 2011 and 2012.

The Human Rights Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Justice, Judith Collins. This bill enables the establishment of a full-time Disability Rights Commissioner within the Human Rights Commission, and makes changes to the role and structure of the Commission.

 

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Parliament Today 15 October 2013

October 15th, 2013 at 12:01 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer 2.00PM – 3.00PM

Questions to Ministers

  1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “One of the risks for us is that there’s heavily pronounced economic development in Auckland, but not in the rest of the country”?
  2. Hon KATE WILKINSON to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the Government’s financial position and especially progress in meeting its target of returning to surplus by 2014/15?
  3. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that Mighty River Power’s buy back of $50 million worth of shares is “highly normal”?
  4. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that she is fulfilling all of her legal obligations under the Education Act 1989; if so, why?
  5. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What recent reports has he received on the value of the international education industry to New Zealand?
  6. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: When he carried furniture into a Housing New Zealand tenant’s house, was he consciously comparing himself to Michael Joseph Savage?
  7. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Education: Does she believe that she has effectively explained National Standards to earn the trust of parents and the teaching profession; if so, why?
  8. MIKE SABIN to the Associate Minister of Social Development: What new measures have recently begun to help prevent fraudulent criminal activity in our welfare system?
  9. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by his statement that “there may well be” a relief rig present during the drilling of Anadarko’s exploratory deep sea oil wells; if so, can he guarantee that there will be a relief rig?
  10. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Has he briefed the Cabinet on the progress and details of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement; if not, why not?
  11. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister for the Environment: Does she agree with all the comments made by her colleague the Minister for Energy and Resources, Hon Simon Bridges, on Campbell Live last night relating to the regulation and risk management of offshore oil and gas exploration?
  12. Dr JIAN YANG to the Associate Minister of Health: What initiatives is the Government taking to address mental health?

Today Labour are asking four questions. These are about the economic development of New Zealand outside of Auckland, the responsibilities of the Minister of Education, Housing and oil drilling. The Greens are asking about the Mighty River Power share float, and oil drilling. New Zealand First is asking about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

The patsy of the day award goes to Mike Sabin for Question 8: What new measures have recently begun to help prevent fraudulent criminal activity in our welfare system?

Government Bills 3.ooPM-6.00PM and 7.30PM-10.ooPM

1. Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill – Second Reading

2. Maritime Transport Amendment Bill – Third Reading

3. Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Amendment Bill – Third Reading

The Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for ICT, Amy Adams.  This bill seeks to repeal and replace the Telecommunications (Interception Capability) Act 2004 in order to ensure that interception obligations applying to the telecommunications industry are clear, do not impose unnecessary compliance costs, and are sufficiently flexible to respond to current and future operational needs and technological developments. It also seeks to require network operators to engage with the Government on network security matters, inform the Government of certain proposed decisions, courses of action, or changes in relation to an area of “specified security interest”, and work with the Government to apply any specific risk-based and proportionate security measures. David wrote about the bill earlier here.

The Maritime Transport Amendment Bill and Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Amendment Bill (formerly the Marine Legislation Bill) are being guided through the house by the Minister of Transport, Gerry Brownlee.  This is an omnibus bill in two parts. Part 1 seeks to amend the Maritime Transport Act 1994; part 2 seeks to amend the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012. The Maritime Transport Act would be amended to provide for local regulation of maritime safety and maritime-related activities by regional councils; to regulate alcohol consumption by seafarers; to implement four international maritime conventions; to create offences and prescribe penalties for the improper operation of ships; and to make other miscellaneous changes.

 

 

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Parliament – 25th September 2013

September 25th, 2013 at 1:08 pm by Scott Miller

Questions to Ministers – 2pm to 3pm 

  1. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government supporting New Zealand families through the economic recovery?
  2. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Has he or his Office sought an assurance from the Minister of Conservation that he did not know about the existence of the draft submission prepared by the Department of Conservation in early July relating to the Ruataniwha Dam, before 17 September 2013; if not, why not?
  3. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Justice: What recent Better Public Services results for the Justice Sector has she announced?
  4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Has the increase in health funding for 2013/14 been sufficient to stop cuts in health services and staffing?
  5. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Conservation: What did he say in his meeting with officials on 29 July that led Department of Conservation Deputy Director-General Doris Johnston to write in an email later that day that he is “… likely to query whether we leave it all to the EPA to consider”?
  6. Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Productivity Commission that the “growing gap in labour productivity has been the main driver of an increasing disparity in GDP per capita between the two trans-Tasman economies,” and given double-digit house price inflation in Auckland, doesn’t this show the Government’s efforts to rebalance the economy towards productive exports and jobs has failed?
  7. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Whānau Ora: Does she stand by her answers to Oral Question No. 4 yesterday?
  8. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: What does he say to the almost 80 percent of people looking to buy their first homes who say they cannot afford the 20 percent deposit or will need family help because of LVR lending limits?
  9. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What progress is the Government making on its rheumatic fever programme?
  10. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Conservation: Did he receive the draft submission on the Ruataniwha Dam proposal, which was requested by Doris Johnston, Deputy Director-General at the Department of Conservation, to be delivered on Tuesday 30 July 2013; if so, on what date?
  11. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Customs: What is Customs doing to stem the tide of illegal psychoactive substances?
  12. DENISE ROCHE to the Minister of Finance: What is the expected value of the dividends from TVNZ that the Crown will forego as a result of the dividend relief agreement related to the SkyCity deal?

Questions today are 5 Labour, 4 National, 2 Greens and 1 New Zealand First.

Labour will be asking about Nick Smith’s handling of the DOC submission on the Ruataniwha Dam, health funding, productivity, LVR limits for housing and a further question from Ruth Dyson on the Ruataniwha Dam. National will be asking questions on issues such as the economy, justice sector targets, rheumatic fever and customs handing of drugs. Green’s will be asking about the DOC submission and TVNZ dividends, with New Zealand First asking a question about their favorite topic, Whānau Ora.

Pasty Question of the Day 

Question 9 from Dr Paul Huntchison to the Minster of Health on the rheumatic fever programme is today’s winner of pasty question of the day.

General Debate – 3pm to 4pm 

12 rounds of 5 minute open speeches from Members of Parliament.

Private and Local Orders of the Day – 4pm to 5pm

1) New Zealand Mission Trust Board (Otamataha) Empowering Bill - Te Ururoa Flavell  - First Reading

This bill is designed to allow for the transfer of land in Tauranga from the ownership of the New Zealand Mission Trust to the Otamataha Trust. The land was acquired in 1896 by the Church Mission Society and handed over to the New Zealand Mission Trust for the spiritual benefit and spiritual instruction of Maori people in the North Island. The original owners of the land where Ngati Tapu and Ngaitamarawaho and the trustees of the New Zealand Mission Trust have created the Otamataha Trust in order to help the iwi members of Ngati Tapu and Ngaitamarawaho in the future.

Members Orders of the Day – 5pm to 6pm and 7.30pm to 10pm

1) Conservation (Natural Heritage Protection Bill) - Jacqui Dean – Committee Stage

This bill is designed to encourage compliance with enactments administered by the Department of Conservation by increasing penalties to better protect natural and historic resources and protected wildlife. The main changes the Bill makes to the existing law are to both increase the penalties, and implement a consistent approach to penalties across the main enactments administered by the Department of Conservation.

At the last reading of this bill it passed without objection.

2) Summary Offences (Possession of Hand-held Lasers) Amendment Bill - Dr Cam Calder – First Reading

This bill is designed to ban the possession of a Hand – held Laser in public areas without a reasonable excuse. In addition, the bill gives additional powers to the police to be able to confiscate lasers from people if they are found in a public place. Currently section 270 of the Crimes Act gives the police some powers to stop people from using a Hand-Held Laser on objects such as moving cars and airplanes but this goes one step further.

3) Sentencing (Protection of Children from Criminal Offending) Amendment Bill - Le’aufa’amulia Asenati Lole-Taylor – First Reading

This bill is designed to amend the Sentencing Act 2002 so that if a offence is committed in the presence of a minor, then it should be considered as a aggravating factor at the sentencing of the offender. In addition, the bill expresses the view that if any offense committed in front of a minor has any potential adverse effect on them, then the sentence should reflect that at the time.

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Parliament 24 September 2013

September 24th, 2013 at 1:10 pm by David Farrar

Questions to Ministers 2 pm – 3 pm

  1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement regarding first-home buyers “I don’t want to see tools implemented that lock them out of the market”?
  2. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What recent progress has the Government made in its share offer programme – and particularly putting everyday New Zealanders at the front of the queue for shares?
  3. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister for the Environment:Does she agree with the former Prime Minister and architect of the Resource Management Act 1991, Sir Geoffrey Palmer, that taken as a whole the proposed amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991 will seriously weaken the level of protection given to New Zealand’s natural environment under the Act, and how will she address the concerns in particular related to the merging of sections 6 and 7?
  4. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Whānau Ora:Does she have confidence in the Whānau Ora scheme?
  5. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Justice: What conviction and sentencing statistics has she received for the 2012/13 financial year?
  6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Did the July 2012 Treasury report Project 14: Initial advice say that the closure of the Tiwai smelter would reduce the market price for electricity by “roughly 10 percent” and why in his answer to Primary Question No. 4 on 21 August 2013 did he not disclose that advice to the House?
  7. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: How is the Government’s new warrants to arrest policy for those on benefits ensuring a fairer welfare system?
  8. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Has Housing New Zealand been referring people to live in campgrounds?
  9. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Associate Minister of Health: What initiatives has she announced to showcase aged care nursing?
  10. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: When was he made aware that the Department of Conservation was preparing a submission that would address the potential effect of the proposed nutrient limits of the Tukituki Catchment Proposal?
  11. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Conservation: Does he still stand by his statement on the Department of Conservation submission on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal that “I did not give the Department an indication of what that submission would be”?
  12. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Conservation: What benefits have been achieved for conservation and recreation from DOC’s partnership with Air New Zealand?

Questions are National 5, Labour 4, Maori 1, NZ First 1 and Greens 1.

Labour is asking about housing affordability, Tiwai Point smelter, homelessness and DOC’s submission on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal. Greens are asking about the Tukituki Catchment Proposal also, NZ First is on his favourite topic of Whanua Ora and Maori Party on the RMA reformss.

The patsy of the day is No 9 by Paul Foster-Bell on showcasing aged care nursing.

Government Bills 3 pm – 6 pm and 7.30 pm to 10 pm

  1. Marine Legislation Bill – Committee Stage
  2. Copyright (Parallel Importing of Films) Amendment Bill – Committee Stage
  3. Local Government (Auckland Council) Amendment Bill (No 2) – Committee Stage
  4. Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Bill – Committee Stage
  5. Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Bill – Second Reading (continued)

The Marine Legislation Bill was introduced by Gerry Brownlee in August 2012. It would amend the Maritime Transport Act and  Exclusive Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act to clarify port and harbour safety, and transfer the regulation of offshore discharges from Maritime New Zealand to the Environmental Protection Authority. A further Government SOP (347) allows certain marine activities to be non-notified if it has a low probability of significant adverse effects on the environment or is routine or exploratory in nature.

The Marine Legislation Bill passed unanimously on its first reading, was reported back unanimously by the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee with amendments and also passed the second reading unanimously. However SOP 347 is opposed by some parties.

The Copyright (Parallel Importing of Films) Amendment Bill was introduced by Craig Foss in July 2013. It would amend the Copyright Act to continue the ban on the parallel importation of films for three more years but to reduce the ban from 9 to 5 months.

The Copyright (Parallel Importing of Films) Amendment Bill passed its first reading 96 to 1, with Brendan Horan voting against and Greens, NZ First and Mana abstaining. It was reported back by majority vote without amendment by the Commerce Committee. Labour supported the bill with reservations and Greens opposed it. It passed its second reading by 104 votes to 14 with Greens, Mana and Horan opposed.

The Local Government (Auckland Council) Amendment Bill (No 2) was introduced by Chris Tremain in May 2013.  It would amend the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act to enable local boards to delegate responsibilities, duties, or powers conferred or allocated to them.

Local Government (Auckland Council) Amendment Bill (No 2) passed its first reading unanimously, was reported back unanimously without amendments by the Local Government and Environment Committee and also passed its second reading unanimously.

The Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Bill was introduced by Chris Finlayson in June 2010 and would replace the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Act, simplifing structure of arts administration in New Zealand.

The Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Bill passed its first reading unanimously and was reported back with amendments by majority vote from the Government Administration Committee. Labour opposed the report back on the grounds that Pacific Island, Māori, ethnic and other marginalised groups such as those with a disability and children’s voices will be overwhelmed by the new structure of the proposed streamlined council. It passed its second reading by 72 votes to 49 with Labour, Greens and Mana voting against.

The Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Bill was introduced by Chris Finlayson in October 2011. It would replace the Historic Places Act and make changes in the governance structure of the Historic Places Trust, adjust competing values, introduce new archaeological provisions and new emergency provisions.

The Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Bill passed its first reading unanimously, and was reported back unanimously with amendments by the Local Government and Environment Committee.

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