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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Parliament Today 19 September 2013

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

Questions for Oral Answer.

Questions to the Minister.

  1. MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy?
  2. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Conservation: Has he ever seen or received a submission or draft submission from the Department of Conservation regarding the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Plan Change 6, which paves the way for the Ruataniwha Dam proposal, which is critical of it?
  3. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Conservation: Does he stand by his statement “No, I did not” when asked in this House whether he gave any indication to the Department of Conservation on the direction or content of its submission on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal?
  4. CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister of Energy and Resources:What reports has he received on competition in the electricity market in New Zealand?
  5. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does he believe women should have equal pay to men for work of equal value?
  6. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: Will she allow creationism to be taught in charter schools; if so, why?
  7. ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Justice: What factors were taken into account in setting the interest rate on legal aid debt under regulation 14 of the Legal Services Regulations 2011 at 8 percent?
  8. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister of Commerce: How will the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013, which will be phased in from 1 April 2014, strengthen our financial markets?
  9. DENIS O’ROURKE to the Minister of Housing: Does he agree with all of the views expressed by Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga about housing on TV3′s The Vote on 11 September 2013?
  10. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Is he concerned about the underrepresentation of women in industry training particularly in light of labour shortages in many trades and technical areas?
  11. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Health: What progress is the Government making with its funded family care policy?
  12. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Women’s Affairs: Does her Ministry provide gender implications statements on proposed legislative or policy measures being considered by Cabinet?

Today Labour are asking five questions. These are about Ruataniwha Dam proposal, Equal Pay for women,  Legal Aid, Women in Industry and gender implications in policy documents. The Greens are asking two questions. These are about the Ruataniwha Dam proposal and creationism potentially being taught in Partnership Schools. NZ First are asking about housing policy.

Patsy question of the day goes to Louise Upston for Question 11: What progress is the Government making with its funded family care policy?

Government Bills 3.00-600PM.

1. Copyright (Parallel Importing of Films) Amendment Bill – Second Reading

2. Family Court Proceedings Reform Bill - Third Reading

The Copyright (Parallel Importing of Films) Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Broadcasting, Craig Foss. This bill extends for three years the ban on the commercial parallel importation of films.

The Family Court Proceedings Reform Bill being guided through the house by the Minister of Justice has now  been divided into ten separate bills. See the Order Paper for more details. This bill would implement the Government’s decisions resulting from a review of the Family Court conducted by the Ministry of Justice.

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Parliament Today 18 September 2013

September 18th, 2013 at 12:54 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer.

Questions to Ministers 2.00 PM – 3.00PM.

  1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: What is the forecast cost to the Crown of the Government’s plan to allow buyers of Meridian Energy shares to pay for their shares in instalments and will the instalment scheme be open to overseas institutions?
  2. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the New Zealand economy and business growth?
  3. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Given that he disagrees with the advice of the Treasury on the Tiwai smelter, who advised it should not be subsidised by taxpayers because “it would result in a significant transfer of value from New Zealanders to Pacific Aluminium and Rio Tinto shareholders”, does he then agree with the New Zealand Herald that the $30 million dollar taxpayer subsidy paid to the Rio Tinto-owned smelter is “an abject piece of short sighted thinking”; if not, why not?
  4. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Education: Did her statement that “Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua will play their part in meeting our target of five out of five students achieving success in education. They will be established in areas where kids are currently underserved by the existing education system” reflect any selection criteria for the first partnership schools; if not, why not?
  5. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent announcement has he made about Block Offer 2014?
  6. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Is she satisfied that all relevant government departments and agencies have the funding and resources required to implement her Children’s Action Plan?
  7. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements has she made that will get beneficiaries better deals on whiteware appliances, saving taxpayers money?
  8. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: Does he stand by his statement yesterday in relation to the Earthquake Commission’s latest privacy breach “I guess when they’re dealing with that level of correspondence, things can happen”?
  9. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: What is the cost of deferring the construction of the Auckland City Rail Link from 2015, the preferred start date of Auckland Council, to 2020, the Government’s proposed start date?
  10. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Corrections: What recent announcements has she made to reduce re-offending in prison?
  11. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he agree that every person can afford healthcare and disability support, regardless of their income, health status, or risk profile?
  12. MIKE SABIN to the Associate Minister of Transport: What progress has been made as part of the Safer Journeys road safety strategy?

Today Labour are asking four questions. these are on the Tiwai Point Smelter subsidy, the Children’s Action Plan, the Earthquake Commission, and support for people with disabilities. The Greens are asking three questions. They are about the Meridian Share Float, Partnership Schools and the Auckland City Rail Link.

Patsy of the day goes to Melissa Lee for Question 7: What announcements has she made that will get beneficiaries better deals on whiteware appliances, saving taxpayers money?

General Debate 3.00PM – 4.00PM.

12 Speeches of no more than 5 minutes each.

Valedictory Statement of the Hon Lianne Dalziel, MP for Christchurch East 5.45-6.00PM

A Valedictory statement is the final speech of a Member of Parliament upon retirement or resignation. Lianne Dalziel has served Minister of Immigration, Commerce, Minister of Food Safety and Associate Minister of Justice in the Fifth Labour Government. Dalziel is resigning to contest the Christchurch Mayoralty.

Government Bills 4.00PM-5.45 PM and 7.30PM-10.ooPM

1.Public Safety (Public Protection Orders) Bill – First Reading (Continued)

2.Family Court Proceedings Reform Bill -Committee Stage

3. Copyright (Parallel Importing of Films) Amendment Bill – Second Reading

4. Local Government (Auckland Council) Amendment Bill (No 2) – Second Reading.

The Public Safety (Public Protection Orders) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Justice, Judith Collins. This bill empowers the High Court to issue a public protection order to detain a person in a secure facility, when, at the end of a finite prison sentence or subject to the most intensive form of an extended supervision order, they pose a very high risk of imminent and serious sexual or violent reoffending.

The Family Court Proceedings Reform Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Justice, Judith Collins. This bill would implement the Government’s decisions resulting from a review of the Family Court conducted by the Ministry of Justice.

The Copyright (Parallel Importing of Films) Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Broadcasting. This bill extends for three years the ban on the commercial parallel importation of films.

The Local Government (Auckland Council) Amendment Bill (No 2) is being guided through the house by the Minister for Local Government, Chris Tremain. This bill seeks to amend the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009 to enable local boards established under the Act to delegate responsibilities, duties or powers conferred or allocated to them under the Act.

 

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Parliament Today 17 September 2013

September 17th, 2013 at 12:34 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 still think that Chorus “will go broke” if his Government does not intervene to change the pricing for access to the old copper-based broadband network as proposed by the Commerce Commission; if so, why?
  2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Conservation: Did he discuss the Tukituki Catchment Proposal with any Department of Conservation senior management in the two months prior to 2 August 2013; if so, with whom?
  3. Hon KATE WILKINSON to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received about the outlook for the New Zealand economy?
  4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Did the Treasury provide advice as to whether he should support or oppose overruling the Commerce Commission’s draft determination on copper broadband pricing given that the Treasury has previously advised against subsidising big business such as the $30 million Tiwai subsidy which has “no economic justification”?
  5. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for ACC: What announcements has she made today about ACC levies?
  6. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for the Environment:Has she ever received any advice that the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Plan Change 6, which paves the way for the Ruataniwha Dam proposal, in its current form, does not meet the requirements of the Resource Management Act 1993 for plan changes, and would not achieve the requirements of Part 2 of that Act?
  7. Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister for Social Development: How will the Vulnerable Children Bill make a difference for those children most at risk of abuse and neglect?
  8. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he believe there is a housing affordability crisis in Auckland?
  9. MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on partnership schools?
  10. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Will she ditch the Government’s proposal to remove references to the “ethic of stewardship”, the “maintenance and enhancement of amenity values”, the “maintenance and enhancement of the quality of the environment” and the “intrinsic value of ecosystems” from the Resource Management Act 1993; if not, why not?
  11. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Why did he say in regard to the raid on the Fiji Democracy and Freedom movement, “I stand 100 percent by what I said before: any actions that the SIS or the GCSB take in my opinion are legal…”?
  12. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: Does he accept all of the conclusions of the New Zealand Defence Force External Safety Management Review; if not, why not?

Today will be a notable Question Time as it is new Labour Leader David Cunliffe’s first question time as Leader of the Opposition. Today Labour are asking five questions. They are asking about Chorus, Broadband Pricing, the Ruataniwha Dam proposal, Housing Affordability and the Defence Force Review. The Greens are asking about the Tukituki Catchment Proposal and RMA Reforms. New Zealand First is asking about the SIS and the GCSB.

Patsy of the Day Goes to Mike Sabin for Question 9: What recent announcements has she made on partnership schools?

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

1. Vulnerable Children Bill – First Reading

2. Credit Contracts and Financial Services Law Reform Bill – First Reading

3. Electoral Amendment Bill -First Reading

4.Public Safety (Public Protection Orders) Bill -First Reading

The Vulnerable Children Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Social Development, Paula Bennett .The bill forms part of a series of measures to protect and improve the well-being of vulnerable children.

The Credit Contracts and Financial Services Law Reform Bill,  is being guided through the house by the Minister of Commerce, Craig Foss. This bill reforms the legislation that governs consumer credit contracts.

The Electoral Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Justice, Judith Collins. This bill implements certain amendments to the Electoral Act 1993 recommended by the Justice and Electoral Committee’s Inquiry into the 2011 General Election.

The Public Safety (Public Protection Orders) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Justice, Judith Collins. This bill empowers the High Court to issue a public protection order to detain a person in a secure facility, when, at the end of a finite prison sentence or subject to the most intensive form of an extended supervision order, they pose a very high risk of imminent and serious sexual or violent reoffending.

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Parliament debating blowjobs

September 5th, 2013 at 3:37 pm by David Farrar

Oh dear. NZ First MP Asenati Lole-Taylor asking Anne Tolley if she would feel harrassed if asked walking down the street how much for a blowjob!

Watch the Speaker as he tries to work out if this involves ministerial responsibility!

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Parliament Today 5 September 2013

September 5th, 2013 at 12:57 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer

Questions to Ministers 2.00PM-3.00PM

  1. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to build a productive and competitive economy in view of the contraction in the tradable sector and negative growth in manufacturing seen in the mid-2000s?
  2. Le’aufa’amulia ASENATI LOLE-TAYLOR to the Minister of Police: What reports, if any, has she received from the Police concerning public harassment and intimidation from street prostitutes and their clients in South Auckland?
  3. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree that the Government’s review of telecommunications law which may benefit Chorus by up to $160 million and the $30 million taxpayer funded subsidy to the Rio Tinto-owned Tiwai Smelter are examples of corporate welfare; if not, why not?
  4. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources:What reports has he received on the petroleum and minerals sector in New Zealand?
  5. JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: Does she have any concerns that the changes to welfare implemented by her this year are causing some beneficiaries trauma; if not, why not?
  6. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Health: What progress is the Government making in improving waiting times for elective services?
  7. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements?
  8. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Revenue: What recent initiative has the Government put in place to improve compliance with child support and student loan repayment obligations?
  9. Hon DAMIEN O’CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by all his statements?
  10. CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister of Local Government: What is the Government doing to make it easier to vote in local body elections?
  11. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that “the Government is committed to improving health services for diabetes and heart disease, with a strong focus on prevention”?
  12. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Finance: Has he been advised which banks have put up their interest rates or bank charges since Loan to Value lending limits were announced?

Today Labour are asking four questions. These are about the regulatory relief given to Chorus and the Tiwai Point Smelter one off payment, whether the Minister of Finance stands by all his statements, whether the Minister for Primary Industries stands by all his statements, and finally interest rates. The Greens are asking two questions. These are about Welfare Reform and prevention services in the Health portfolio. New Zealand First are asking one question, about prostitution.

Patsy question of the day goes to Claudette Hauiti for Question 10: What is the Government doing to make it easier to vote in local body elections?

Government Bills 4.00PM-6.00PM.

1. Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Bill – Third Reading

2.Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Amendment Bill – Third Reading

The Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Housing, Nick Smith. The purpose of this bill is to enhance housing affordability by facilitating an increase in land and housing supply in places with significant supply or affordability issues.

The Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Amendment Bill is being guided though the house by the Minister for Building and Construction, Maurice Williamson. The bill proposes amendments to the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Act 2006 to validate a disciplinary levy and an offences fee prescribed by the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board. The bill also seeks to extend the Board’s power to impose levies so that it has funding for all of its functions, including the prosecution of non-registered persons.

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Parliament – 4th September 2013

September 4th, 2013 at 12:05 pm by Scott Miller

Questions for Oral Answer – 2pm to 3pm

Questions to Ministers

1) METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Economic Development: When he said, in relation to the SkyCity convention centre deal, “the negotiated significant additional harm-minimisation measures that apply to all gambling machines in that casino will together act to reduce harm” was he basing his claim on the Health Ministry’s gambling harm minimisation team’s advice; if not, why not?

2) Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “our companies are becoming more competitive”?

3) PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in building a stronger economy that will support more jobs and higher incomes, following the domestic recession which started in early 2008 well before the global financial crisis?

4) PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he agree with the New Zealand Herald that “the Government’s latest response to the problem of housing affordability is as ill-directed as it is insipid”?

5) COLIN KING to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What recent announcements has the Government made about foundation education?

6) HONE HARAWIRA to the Prime Minister: Does he accept that his reported comments about the asset sales referendum being a $9 million waste of money are likely to be considered rude, disrespectful and insulting by the hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who have signed the petition for just such a referendum; if not, why not?

7) Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for the Environment: Has she had any advice that exploratory drilling at deep sea levels may pose significant environmental or health and safety risks, and if so, why is she proposing that exploratory deep sea drilling, like the Deepwater Horizon Well, is non-notified under the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 and therefore protected from public submissions?

8) CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister of Justice: What changes are being made to pre-sentence restorative justice services?

9) CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he have confidence in the board of Māori Television?

10) Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he still stand by his statement yesterday when asked whether he was satisfied that the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service has always operated lawfully under his leadership; “as far as I am aware, yes”?

11) CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Will Wanganui Collegiate be required to supervise a child if the child’s parents are unable to pay the $5,200 “parent contribution” for meals, house activities and supervision?

12) IAN McKELVIE to the Associate Minister of Health: What recent announcements has she made regarding assistance for communities to improve their drinking water?

Today, Labour are asking five questions on topics ranging from competitiveness in business, housing affordability, oil drilling, Maori television and Wanganui Collegiate. National will be asking four questions ranging from the economy, education, justice and drinking water.

The Greens will be asking one question about the Sky-City casino deal. New Zealand First will be asking one question about the GCSB with Mana asking one question about assest sales.

Pasty Question of the Day

Today’s pasty question of the day goes to question five from Colin King to Hon Steven Joyce asking the following,

What recent announcements has the Government made about foundation education?

General Debate – 3pm to 4pm

This debate happens most Wednesdays in Parliament with 12 rounds of open speeches from members.

Members Orders of the Day – 4pm to 6pm and 7.30pm to 10pm

1) Gambling (Gambling Harm Reduction) Amendment Bill – Te Ururoa Flavell – Third Reading

This bill was introduced in September 2010 by Te Ururoa Flavell. It seeks to allow local authorities, in consultation with their communities, to reduce the number of, or even eliminate, pokies from those suburbs and towns where they are particularly concentrated or doing particular harm. This bill since the first reading has been rewritten to make some changes to the bill to be able to waterdown some of the effects of the original bill with a deal done between National and the Maori Party recently to get the bill passed.

2) Conservation (Natural Heritage Protection Bill) – Jacqui Dean – Second Reading

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.

3) Electricity (Renewable Preference) Amendment Bill - 1st reading continuation – Moana Mackey

This bill is designed to bring back a 10 year ban on the creation of thermal generation of power. This 10 year ban was originally removed in the Electricity (Renewable Preference) Repeal Bill 2008. The 10 year ban on thermal generation of power was apart of the original Emissions Trading Scheme.

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Parliament Today 3 September 2013

September 3rd, 2013 at 12:17 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer.
Questions to Ministers 2.00PM-3.00PM.

  1. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement regarding the estimated proceeds of asset sales that “I just want to emphasise that it is not our best guess; it’s just a guess”?
  2. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to responsibly manage its finances and deliver better public services, following fast-rising government spending of the mid-2000s?
  3. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: What is the difference between a “one-off incentive payment” and a subsidy?
  4. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Is he satisfied that the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service has always operated lawfully under his leadership?
  5. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Science and Innovation:What progress has been made in the Government’s plan to provide internships for students in New Zealand’s research and development intensive industries?
  6. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Will the Government suspend its asset sales programme until a referendum on the issue has been held, given the Clerk of the House has certified that 327,000 New Zealanders, or more than 10 percent of voters, have signed a petition triggering that referendum?
  7. Hon PETER DUNNE to the Associate Minister of Health: What specific “corrective actions” will the Malvina Major Retirement Village be required to undertake, following the recent Ministry of Health spot audit?
  8. Hon DAMIEN O’CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by all his statements?
  9. SIMON O’CONNOR to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on how the education system is performing at a local level?
  10. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his promises in Health?
  11. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister of Broadcasting: What progress has been made on the regional rollout of the digital switchover for New Zealand television viewers?
  12. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Will he support a parliamentary debate and vote on any Government decision to give moral support for a United States-led military strike on Syria; if not, why not?

Today Labour are asking four questions. The first two questions are about Mixed Ownership Model, and the Tiwai Point smelter one off incentive payment. The last two questions are about whether the Minister for Primary Industries stands by all his statements and whether the Minister of Health stands by his promises. The Greens are asking about the asset sales referendum and military action on the Syrian crisis. New Zealand First is asking one question about the SIS.

Patsy of the Day goes to Katrina Shanks for Question 11: What progress has been made on the regional rollout of the digital switchover for New Zealand television viewers?

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

1. Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Bill – Committee Stage

2. Family Court Proceedings Reform Bill- Committee Stage

3. Airports (Cost Recovery for Processing of International Travellers)  Bill – Committee Stage

4. Statutes Amendment Bill – Committee Stage

5. Unit Titles Amendment Bill – Committee Stage

The Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Housing, Nick Smith.The purpose of this bill is to enhance housing affordability by facilitating an increase in land and housing supply in places with significant supply or affordability issues.

The Family Court Proceedings Reform Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Justice, Judith Collins. This bill would implement the Government’s decisions resulting from a review of the Family Court conducted by the Ministry of Justice.

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.

The Statutes Amendment Bill and the Unit Titles Amendment Bill are being guided through the house by the Minister for Courts, Chester Borrows. The first  is an omnibus bill proposing amendments of a technical nature to 30 Acts. The second is the provisions of this bill that were divided out from the Statutes Amendment Bill (Formerly part of Statutes Amendment Bill).

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Parliament Today 29 August 2013

August 29th, 2013 at 1:08 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer.

Questions to Ministers 2.00 – 3.00 PM.

  1. MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the New Zealand economy?
  2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What advice was New Zealand given in New York last night on the likely response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria?
  3. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statements in relation to Partnership School applicants that “the range of applications we have received is impressive” and what she was impressed with was “the broad range of applicants not the calibre”?
  4. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Science and Innovation:How much will the Government invest in new research through the 2013 Science Investment Round?
  5. Hon DAMIEN O’CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by all his statements?
  6. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: How is the Government promoting technology to support young fathers to better connect, interact, and parent their children?
  7. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Labour: He aha tāna tātaritanga mō te pūrongo e kii ana, atu i te 11,000 ngā pāhi kua tango mahi i ngā kaimahi i roto i te tau tuatahi o tā te Kāwanatanga 90 rā whakawā mahi; e hia o ēnei o ngā kaimahi he kaimahi Māori, Pasifika rānei kei raro i te tau 25?
    • Translation: What analysis has he undertaken on the report that more than 11,000 employers fired at least one worker during a trial period in the first year of the Government’s 90 day work trial law; and amongst the group of employees fired, how many were Māori, Pasifika and aged under 25 years old?
  8. RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister of Conservation: Does he stand by all his statements regarding 1080?
  9. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister for the Environment: Why has her Ministry proposed that applications for exploratory deep sea drilling won’t require public notification given that it is the same activity that the Deepwater Horizon was engaged in when it exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010?
  10. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: What advice, if any, has he received about whether workers will be better or worse off under the Employment Relations Amendment Bill?
  11. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Associate Minister of Health: What recent announcements has she made regarding publication of rest home audit information on the Ministry of Health website?
  12. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement with regards to Wanganui Collegiate that “integrating the school will ensure…that a Collegiate education is available to a wider number of students”; if so, why?

Today Labour are asking four questions. The first is about Syria. The second is directed to the Minister of Primary Industries, Nathan Guy and whether he stands by all his statements. The last two questions are about the Employment Relations Amemdment Bill and school integration.  The Greens are asking about Partnership Schools and oil drilling. Finally, New Zealand First are asking about the 1080 pest poison.

Patsy of the day goes to Dr Paul Hutchison for Question 11: What recent announcements has she made regarding publication of rest home audit information on the Ministry of Health website?

Government Bills 10.00 AM -2.00 PM, 3.00PM-6.00PM and 7.30PM- 12.00AM. (The House is sitting under Urgency)

1. Land Transport and Road User Charges Legislation Amendment Bill -First Reading

2. Animal Welfare Amendment Bill – First Reading

3. Victims’ Orders Against Violent Offenders Bill -First Reading

4. Border Processing (Trade Single Window and Duties) Bill – First Reading

5. Social Security (Fraud Measures and Debt Recovery) Amendment  Bill -First Reading

6. Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Bill – Second Reading

7. Victims of Crime Reform Bill -Second Reading

The Land Transport and Road User Charges Legislation Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of  Transport, Gerry Brownlee. This bill amends the Land Transport Act 1998 and the Road User Charges Act 2012.

The Animal Welfare Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister For Primary Industries, Nathan Guy. This bill makes changes to the Animal Welfare Act 1999 to improve the enforceability, clarity, and transparency of the New Zealand animal welfare system.

The Victims’ Orders Against Violent Offenders Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Justice, Judith Collins, This bill establishes a mechanism for a victim of a violent offence to obtain a non-contact order against an offender sentenced to imprisonment for five years or more.

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

The Social Security (Fraud Measures and Debt Recovery) Amendment  Bill is being guided through the house by the Associate Minister of Social Development, Chester Borrows. This bill amends the Social Security Act 1964 by making spouses and partners, as well as beneficiaries, accountable for fraud, and by enabling the Ministry of Social Development to recover debt more effectively.

The Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Chris Finlayson. This bill replaces the Historic Places Act 1993, which established the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (Pouhere Taonga), to rename the Trust as Heritage New Zealand and reform its governance and structure.

The Victims of Crime Reform Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Justice, Judith Collins. The Victims of Crime Reform Bill is an omnibus bill, which proposes to amend the Victims’ Rights Act 2002; the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989; the Parole Act 2002; and the Sentencing Act 2002, to implement the Government’s reform package for victims of crime.

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Parliament Today 27 August 2013

August 27th, 2013 at 12:53 pm by Jordan.M

From DPF: If you watch question time today, I’d love you to comment below and score the three leadership contenders out of 10 for how you think they did, as they have a question each.

Questions for Oral Answer.

Questions to Ministers 2.00-3.00PM.

  1. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in building a more competitive and productive economy and how is this helping New Zealand families?
  2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements relating to Government policy?
  3. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Is he satisfied with the performance of his Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, and are there any areas of his performance that need to improve?
  4. COLIN KING to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made about investment in education?
  5. Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by his statement “The New Zealand economy is, of course, the sum of its regional economies and that is why the Government is placing huge emphasis on assisting each region”?
  6. BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister for Primary Industries: What is the best estimate he or his Ministry have, if any, of the economic value of recreational fishing including direct and indirect employment?
  7. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers?
  8. JAN LOGIE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  9. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Justice: What recent reports has she received on progress with the Drivers of Crime programme?
  10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that “first-home buyers are a priority for the Government”, if so, why are houses more unaffordable for young New Zealanders now than six months ago?
  11. CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on the latest national health target results?
  12. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?

Today the Labour Party are asking five questions. Grant Robertson is asking the Prime Minister about the performance of Steven Joyce in the Tertiary Education portfolio. Shane Jones is asking about Economic Development.  David Cunliffe is asking the Prime Minister whether he has confidence in all his Ministers. David Parker is asking the Minister of Finance about first home buyers. Ruth Dyson is asking whether the Prime Minister stands by all his statements.  The Greens are asking two questions. Russel Norman is asking whether the Prime Minister stands by all his statements relating to government policy, Jan Logie is asking whether the Prime Minister stands by all his statements. Independent MP Brendan Horan is asking about Snapper quotas ( I would also note that the three Labour Leadership contenders are being given a chance to ask an important question each today).

Patsy of the day goes to Claudette Hauiti for Question 11 to the Minister of Health, Tony Ryall: What reports has he received on the latest national health target results?

Government Bills 3.00PM-6.00PM and 7.30PM- 10.ooPM

1. Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Amendment Bill - Committee Stage

2. Resource Management Reform Bill -Committee Stage

3. Bail Amendment Bill -Committee Stage

4. Public Finance (Fiscal Responsibility) Amendment Bill – Committee Stage

5. Patents Bill -Committee Stage

The Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Finance, Bill English. The bill seeks to amend the Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2010, which established a licensing and prudential supervision regime for insurers operating in New Zealand. It would also make a consequential amendment to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1989.

The Resource Management Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for the Environment, Amy Adams. his is an omnibus bill that proposes amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991, the Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Act 2010, and to the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987. The bill aims to make improvements to the consenting regime, provide for the delivery of the first combined plan for Auckland, provide further powers to make regulations, and to make technical and operational changes.

The Bail Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Justice, Judith Collins. This bill seeks to amend the Bail Act 2000, the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989, the Sentencing Act 2002, the Bail Amendment Act 2011, the District Courts Act 1947, the District Courts Amendment Act 2011, and the Summary Proceedings Act 1957, in order to improve public safety and enhance the integrity of New Zealand’s bail system. The bill seeks to introduce a reverse burden of proof for offenders charged with serious violent offences and class A drug dealing offences, and provides for district court judges to deal with bail matters of defendants charged with drug dealing offences.

The Public Finance (Fiscal Responsibility) is being guided through the house by the Minister of Finance, Bill English. This bill would add a number of new principles of responsible fiscal management and associated requirements to the fiscal responsibility provisions of the Public Finance Act 1989.

The Patents Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Commerce, Craig Foss. This Bill is designed to replace the Patents Act 1953 and update the New Zealand patent regime to ensure that it continues to provide an appropriate balance between providing adequate incentives for innovation and technology transfer while ensuring that the interests of the public and the interests of Maori in their traditional knowledge are protected.

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Parliament Today 21 August 2013

August 21st, 2013 at 12:44 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer.

Questions to Ministers 2.00-3.00PM.

  1. Hon KATE WILKINSON to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making with its share offer programme to help New Zealanders diversify their savings away from property and bank deposits?
  2. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister for the Environment: What recent announcements has the Government made relating to the improvement of planning frameworks under the Resource Management Act 1991?
  4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: What cost/benefit analysis was done to justify the $30 million subsidy payment to Rio Tinto, and what would the effect have been on electricity prices had the payment not been made?
  5. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Did officials provide the Government with an estimate of the cost to the Crown in foregone interest of allowing retail buyers of Meridian Energy shares to pay for their shares in instalments; if so, what was that estimate?
  6. Hon PETER DUNNE to the Minister of Justice: Why were the Electoral Act 1993 and the Electoral Regulations 1996 excluded from the provisions of the Electronic Transactions Act 2002?
  7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Finance: Why did the Government through its memorandum of understanding agree the Reserve Bank could introduce loan-to-value ratios without an exemption for first home buyers?
  8. PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Local Government: What changes will the Government make to the Local Government Act 2002 to improve housing affordability?
  9. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Is he confident that his Minister of Trade’s actions in regards to the Trans-Pacific Partnership are in the interests of New Zealand?
  10. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by his public statement yesterday that the Snapper 1 Policy proposals are not “too controversial”?
  11. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: When she said, “… I think we can point to any number of ways that we are making our environmental safeguards more effective and more stringent” was she referring to her proposed changes to the Resource Management Act 1991?
  12. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does he believe that collective bargaining will increase or decrease as a result of his employment law changes in the Employment Relations Amendment Bill?

Today Labour are asking five questions. They are asking whether the Prime Minister stands by all his statements, the Tiwai Point subsidy, and the new Reserve Bank housing loan restrictions. Labour are also asking about Snapper quota changes and employment law changes. The Greens are asking two questions. One about the purchasing of shares in Meridian and the other on proposes changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA).  New Zealand First is asking one question about Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.

Patsy of the Day goes to Paul Goldsmith for Question 8: What changes will the Government make to the Local Government Act 2002 to improve housing affordability?

General Debate 3.00 PM – 4.00 PM

A debate on any of the political issues of the day, usually very interesting to watch. Twelve speeches of no more than five minutes each.

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

The GCSB Bill has now been split into three bills.

1 (A)  Government Communications Security Bureau Amendment Bill- Thrid Reading

1(B) Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Amendment Bill- Third Reading

1(C) Intelligence and Security Committee Amendment Bill – Third Reading

2  Inquiries Bill – Committee Stage

Resource Management Reform Bill – Committee Stage

The Government Communications Security Bureau and Related Legislation Amendment Bill has now been split into three bills and is still being guided through the house by the Minister Responsible for the GCSB, The Prime Minister John Key. This is an omnibus bill that proposes amendments to the Government Communications Security Bureau Act 2003, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1996, and the Intelligence and Security Committee Act 1996. The purposes of the bill are to make clear the statutory framework governing the activities of the Bureau and to enhance the external mechanisms for the oversight of the New Zealand’s intelligence agencies.

The Inquiries Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Internal Affairs, Chris Tremain. The purpose of this bill is to reform and modernise the law relating to inquiries, including Royal commissions and commissions of inquiry.

The Resource Management Reform Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for the Environment, Amy Adams. It is s an omnibus bill that proposes amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991, the Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Act 2010, and to the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987. The bill aims to make improvements to the consenting regime, provide for the delivery of the first combined plan for Auckland, provide further powers to make regulations, and to make technical and operational changes.

 

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Parliament Today 20 August 2013

August 20th, 2013 at 12:02 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer 2.00 PM- 3.00PM.

Questions to Ministers. 

  1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister responsible for the GCSB: Will the Government Communications Security Bureau be able to access the content of any New Zealander’s communications under the cybersecurity provisions of the Government Communications Security Bureau and Related Legislation Amendment Bill?
  2. MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received confirming a further improvement in business and consumer confidence in New Zealand?
  3. DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  4. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister for Primary Industries: What announcements has he made on a Ministerial inquiry into the recent whey protein contamination situation?
  5. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all of his Ministers?
  6. DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers?
  7. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements has she made to better protect children from abuse and neglect?
  8. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that one of his main priorities for 2013 is to “bed in” welfare reforms “because that is where by far the biggest fiscal benefits lie”?
  9. Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Housing: How is the Government making KiwiSaver support for first home buyers and the Welcome Home Loan scheme fairer?
  10. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree with the statement made in 2009 by then Minister for Climate Change Issues, Hon Dr Nick Smith, in reference to New Zealand’s previous target of 10 to 20 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020 that “…a less ambitious target would undermine New Zealand’s clean, green environmental reputation”?
  11. Hon DAMIEN O’CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he have confidence in the Ministry for Primary Industries’ standards for approving recognised agents?
  12. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Health: What progress has been made on providing better access to surgical first specialist assessments?

Today Labour are asking four questions. They are asking the Prime Minister whether he stands by all his statements and whether he has confidence in all his ministers. Labour are also asking about the Government’s Welfare Reform and the Ministry of Primary Industries. The Greens are asking two questions. One about the GCSB, and the other is about Climate Change. New Zealand First is asking one question about whether the Prime Minister has confidence in all his ministers.

Patsy Question of the Day goes to Paul Foster-Bell for Question 12: What progress has been made on providing better access to surgical first specialist assessments?

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

1. Government Communications Security Bureau and Related  Legislation Amendment Bill – Committee Stage

2. Inquiries Bill – Second Reading

3. Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Amendment Bill – Second Reading

4. Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Amendment Bill – Third Reading

The Government Communications Security Bureau and Related Legislation Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister Responsible for the GCSB, The Prime Minister John Key. This is an omnibus bill that proposes amendments to the Government Communications Security Bureau Act 2003, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1996, and the Intelligence and Security Committee Act 1996. The purposes of the bill are to make clear the statutory framework governing the activities of the Bureau and to enhance the external mechanisms for the oversight of the New Zealand’s intelligence agencies.

The Inquiries Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Internal Affairs, Chris Tremain. The purpose of this bill is to reform and modernise the law relating to inquiries, including Royal commissions and commissions of inquiry.

The Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Finance, Bill English. This bill makes technical amendments to the Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2010.

The Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Building and Construction, Maurice Williamson. The bill proposes amendments to the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Act 2006 to validate a disciplinary levy and an offences fee prescribed by the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board. The bill also seeks to extend the Board’s power to impose levies so that it has funding for all of its functions, including the prosecution of non-registered persons.

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Parliament Today 31 July 2013

July 31st, 2013 at 12:59 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer. 2.00- 3.00 PM

Questions to Ministers.

1. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on trends in the cost of living for New Zealand families?

2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister of Immigration?

3. DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “when my Chief of Staff speaks to someone, they speak for me”?

4. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he take responsibility for the actions of the David Henry inquiry?

5. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Housing: How many findings and recommendations did the Productivity Commission make after its 12 month inquiry into housing affordability and what conclusions did it draw?

6. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by his statement on restricting non-residents from buying residential homes “I think the policy is a gimmick, I don’t think it will work”?

7. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What changes has the Government made to the welfare system?

8. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?

9. STEFFAN BROWNING to the Minister for Primary Industries:Does he still support the key feature of the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill that required all foreign-owned vessels operating in New Zealand waters to carry the New Zealand flag from 1 May 2016, and operate under full New Zealand legal jurisdiction; if not, why not?

10. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement with regard to the teaching profession that “being unregistered is not the same as being unqualified”?

11. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for Economic Development:What support is the Government giving to attract major events to New Zealand?

12. BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister for Primary Industries:What scientific studies, if any, were considered by his ministry about the effect of the Rena disaster on the spawning, reproductive and growth cycles of snapper in the coastal waters of Tauranga Moana and the eastern Bay of Plenty prior to the release of his MPI Discussion Paper 2013/31 Review of sustainability and other management controls for snapper 1 (SNA1)?

Today Labour has four questions. The first question is about the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, Wayne Eagleson. The other questions are about housing, whether the Prime Minister stands by all his statements and teacher registration. The Greens are asking about Foreign Charter Vessels and the Henry Inquiry. New Zealand First is asking about whether the Prime Minister has confidence in the Minister of Immigration.  Independent MP Brendan Horan is asking about the new snapper catch restrictions, which is sure to put the government on notice.

Patsy of the Day goes to Alfred Ngaro for Question 7: What changes has the Government made to the welfare system?

General Debate 3.00 – 4.00 PM

A wide ranging debate with twelve speeches of no more than five minutes each. Usually the highlight of the political week for regular parliamentary spectators.

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

1. Appropriation (2013/14 Estimates) Bill - Committee Stage

2. Resource Management Reform Bill-  Committee Stage

3. Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Amendment Bill – Third Reading

4. Airports  (Cost Recovery for Processing of International Travellers) Bill - Committee Stage

The Appropriation (2013/2014 Estimates) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Finance, Bill English. This bill relates to the Budget, and seeks parliamentary authorisation for the individual appropriations contained in The Estimates of Appropriations for the Government of New Zealand for the year ending 30 June 2014 

The Resource Management Reform Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for the Environment, Amy Adams. This is an omnibus bill that proposes amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991, the Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Act 2010, and to the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987. The bill aims to make improvements to the consenting regime, provide for the delivery of the first combined plan for Auckland, provide further powers to make regulations, and to make technical and operational changes.

The Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Building and Construction, Maurice Williamson. The bill proposes amendments to the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Act 2006 to validate a disciplinary levy and an offences fee prescribed by the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board. The bill also seeks to extend the Board’s power to impose levies so that it has funding for all of its functions, including the prosecution of non-registered persons.

The Statutes Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Courts, Chester Borrows. This is an omnibus bill. It is designed to provide a legislative vehicle for minor, technical, and non-controversial amendments to thirty existing acts of legislation.

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 30 July 2013

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

Questions for Oral Answer. 2.00 PM -3.00 PM

Questions to Ministers.

  1. DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Did his Chief of Staff, Wayne Eagleson, advise Parliamentary Service that United Future Leader Hon Peter Dunne had agreed to cooperate with the Henry inquiry and had consented to releasing his electronic phone logs; if so, why?
  3. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on business confidence and intentions among companies to invest and hire more staff?
  4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “High house prices matter because many New Zealanders spend a large portion of their incomes on housing and that has helped fuel household debt and contribute to damaging imbalances in the economy”?
  5. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What steps is the Government taking to raise achievement and participation in tertiary education by students in South Auckland?
  6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  7. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: What percentage of sites identified as a river in theSuitability for Swimming indicator report released yesterday were categorised as “Very Good” or “Good” and therefore were safe for swimming?
  8. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements has she made about the first Children’s Teams, part of the Government’s Children’s Action Plan?
  9. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she agree with the Minister of Finance that “The Government is focusing on ensuring that every teacher put in front of our children is competent”?
  10. MIKE SABIN to the Associate Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made regarding school property?
  11. DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  12. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Customs: What is the Government doing to improve border processing?

Today Labour are asking four questions today. Labour are asking the Prime Minister whether he stands by his statements twice (yes, twice!), high house prices and teacher numbers. The Greens are asking two questions, about the Henry Inquiry and river pollution. New Zealand First is asking one question, about whether the Prime Minister stands by all his statements.

Patsy of the day goes to Dr Cam Calder for Question 5: What steps is the Government taking to raise achievement and participation in tertiary education by students in South Auckland?

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

1. Appropriation (2013/14 Estimates) Bill - Committee Stage

2. Resource Management Reform Bill-  Committee Stage

3. Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Amendment Bill – Third Reading

4. Statutes Amendment Bill – Committee Stage

The Appropriation (2013/2014 Estimates) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Finance, Bill English. This bill relates to the Budget, and seeks parliamentary authorisation for the individual appropriations contained in The Estimates of Appropriations for the Government of New Zealand for the year ending 30 June 2014 

The Resource Management Reform Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for the Environment, Amy Adams. This is an omnibus bill that proposes amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991, the Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Act 2010, and to the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987. The bill aims to make improvements to the consenting regime, provide for the delivery of the first combined plan for Auckland, provide further powers to make regulations, and to make technical and operational changes.

The Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Building and Construction, Maurice Williamson. The bill proposes amendments to the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Act 2006 to validate a disciplinary levy and an offences fee prescribed by the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board. The bill also seeks to extend the Board’s power to impose levies so that it has funding for all of its functions, including the prosecution of non-registered persons.

The Statutes Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Courts, Chester Borrows. This is an omnibus bill. It is designed to provide a legislative vehicle for minor, technical, and non-controversial amendments to thirty existing acts of legislation.

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Parliament – 10th July

July 10th, 2013 at 12:29 pm by Scott Miller

Questions for Oral Answer – 2pm to 3pm

Questions to Ministers

  1. DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  2. HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister for Economic Development:Does he think the Government’s decision to grant 230 new pokie machines, 52 new gambling tables, and a 35-year licence extension is worth the increase in relationship breakdowns, depression, suicide, family violence, increased money laundering, job losses, increased problem gambling and financial problems, as identified by its own Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment-compiled regulatory impact statement; if not, why not?
  3. MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: How has the Government made the tax system fairer for New Zealand households and families?
  4. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Economic Development:When he said that gambling-related harm from the SkyCity deal would be mitigated by “negotiated, significant additional harm minimisation measures” did he mean measures additional to those the casino is already obliged to use; if so, how?
  5. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Health: What is this Government doing, as part of Better Public Services, to ensure that New Zealand children are better protected from preventable diseases such as whooping cough and hepatitis B?
  6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Given his statement yesterday that “Solid Energy was another example of where the incoming National Government had to clean up a mess left by the previous Government”, what was the level of debt held by Solid Energy on 30 June 2008 compared with the level of debt on 30 June 2012, and what is the total amount of dividends received by the Crown from Solid Energy since he became Minister of Finance?
  7. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Why did he grant a mining permit over Schedule 4 land in the Coromandel just six weeks after saying “I do not think there is any ambiguity in our policy. Let me say again that we have a very clear view against mining on Schedule 4 land”?
  8. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What progress has the Government made on its Better Public Services target of increasing the proportion of 25-34 year olds with a Level 4 or above qualification?
  9. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she believe that Child, Youth and Family have the resources they require to care for the needs of our most vulnerable children?
  10. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Corrections: What progress has the Government made on its target of reducing re-offending by 25 percent by 2017?
  11. DENIS O’ROURKE to the Minister of Transport: Does the Government believe that the future transport demands of New Zealand’s three main population centres will be less dependent on roading systems and instead utilise a greater proportion of alternatives to motorways?
  12. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Revenue: How much to date has been spent on consulting costs for the IRD Business Transformation programme?

Today, Labour are asking 4 questions to ministers on topics ranging from Solid Energy, resourcing of Child Youth and Family, consultants costs and the stock standard question from David Shearer (Potential ex Leader of the Opposition). The Green Party are asking 2 questions to ministers about Skycity and Mining with New Zealand First and Mana asking 1 question each.

Pasty Question of the Day

Today’s pasty question of the day goes to question 5 from Shane Ardern to the Minister of Health which askes,

What is this Government doing, as part of Better Public Services, to ensure that New Zealand children are better protected from preventable diseases such as whooping cough and hepatitis B?

Members Orders of the Day – 3.00pm to 6pm and 7.30pm to 10pm

1) Prohibition of Gang Insignia in Government Premises Bill -  Mark Mitchell – Committee Stage

This bill seeks to remove the right of people to wear gang patches and other such symbols on government premises such as a local  hospital,school or other government owned buildings such as a Work and Income place. This bill was originally created by the Hon Tood McClay prior to him becoming a Minister in the John Key lead government and is based upon the original bill used in Whanganui which allowed the council to ban gang patches being shown and used in areas around Whanganui. Recently, during the second reading of this bill, Schools got included as a area that gang members will not be able to wear there patches  as a result of submissions to the select committee.

At the second reading of this bill, it passed by 69 to 51 with Labour, Greens, Mana and the Maori Party opposing the bill.

Mark Mitchell gave a really emotive speech during the second reading of the bill which summed up why this bill is required. Feel free to view the video here.

2) Gambling (Gambling Harm Reduction) Amendment Bill – Te Ururoa Flavell – Second Reading

This bill was introduced in September 2010 by Te Ururoa Flavell. It seeks to allow “local authorities, in consultation with their communities, to reduce the number of, or even eliminate, pokies from those suburbs and towns where they are particularly concentrated or doing particular harm”. This bill since the first reading has been rewritten to make some changes to the bill to be able to waterdown some of the effects of the original bill with a deal done between Hon Chris Tremain and Te Ururoa Flavell last week to ensure National Party support.

At the last reading of the bill it passed by use of a personal vote with 83 MPs in favor and 7 against. A list of who voted for and against can be found here.

3) Employment Relations (Statutory Minimum Redundancy Entitlements) Amendment Bill – Continuation of 1st reading – Sue Moroney

This debate is a continuation of the 1st reading of this bill with around 4 speeches left to go. The purpose of the bill is to add a new clause to the Employment Relations Act 2000 in order to allow for redundancy payments to workers to are dismissed.

4) Electricity (Renewable Preference) Amendment Bill - 1st reading – Moana Mackey

This bill is designed to bring back a 10 year ban on the creation of thermal generation of power. This 10 year ban was originally removed in the Electricity (Renewable Preference) Repeal Bill 2008. The 10 year ban on thermal generation of power was apart of the original Emissions Trading Scheme. Expect some attacks on Labour over the 72% percent rise in power during there time in Government.

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Parliament Today 9 July 2013

July 9th, 2013 at 11:45 am by Jordan.M

Questions to Ministers 2.00 – 3.00 PM

  1. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Economic Development:Does he agree with the Department of Internal Affairs’ advice to his officials on the proposed international convention centre that “virtually any of these proposed concessions would almost certainly be followed by an increase in the number of people seeking help citing problems linked with casino machines or casino table games”; if not, why not?
  2. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the Government’s financial position – particularly progress in reaching its target of returning to fiscal surplus in 2014/15?
  3. DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  4. CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister for Economic Development: What progress has the Government made on establishing an international standard convention centre in Auckland?
  5. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statements regarding Solid Energy and the Future Investment Fund “Well, again I think he’s saying that technically it was in the rules it might be possible. I haven’t actually seen – can’t recall either seeing [indistinct] and marked those things that are in the budget is an allocation process” and “If Bill’s saying it’s there, there might be a [indistinct] allocation”?
  6. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of State Services: What progress is being made toward the achievement of the Government’s Better Public Services targets?
  7. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement “The Government decides what the Future Investment Fund is spent on”?
  8. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on the recent controversies around the GCSB; if so, why?
  9. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: Does he agree with former Otago Conservation Board chairwoman, Associate Professor Abby Smith, who said restructuring at the Department of Conservation has left it “dead in the water”; if not, why not?
  10. MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Justice: What new initiative is the Government undertaking to fight crime and drug addiction?
  11. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What actions is he taking to minimise the harm from gambling?
  12. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What progress has been made toward the Government’s targets for delivering more services online?

Today Labour are asking four questions. Labour are asking about whether the Prime Minister stands by all his statements, Solid Energy, the Future Investment Fund and Gambling harm reduction. The Greens are asking two questions. These are about the Skycity Convention Centre and the Department of Conservation. New Zealand First is asking one question, about the GCSB.

Patsy question of the day goes to Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi for Question 6: What progress is being made toward the achievement of the Government’s Better Public Services targets?

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

1. Psychoactive Substances Bill – Committee Stage

2. Formerly the Legal Assistance Amendment Bill, is now six separate bills. They are here 1, 2, 3, 4 ,5 ,6. – Third Reading

3. Formerly the State Sector and Public Finance Reform Bill is now three separate bills. They are here 1, 2, 3. – Third Reading

4.  Airports (Cost Recovery for Processing of International Travellers) Bill - Committee Stage

The Psychoactive Substances Bill is being guided through the house by the Associate Minister of Health, Todd McClay. The bill seeks to regulate otherwise unregulated psychoactive substances such as “party pills” and other “legal highs” in New Zealand. The bill aims to restrict the importation, manufacture, and supply of psychoactive substances unless authorised by a regulator, while allowing the sale of products that meet safety and manufacturing requirements. Currently, any psychoactive substance can be sold legally if it is not listed in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. This bill aims to place the onus on the industry to demonstrate that a psychoactive substance is not harmful or poses only a low risk to human health before approval for sale is given. Approval could be given only to finished, packaged psychoactive products, allowing the regulator to assess all the ingredients and the risk that they might present in the particular combination.

What was the Legal Assistance Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Justice, Judith Collins. These six bills are the Legal Services Amendment BillAccident Compensation Amendment Bill, Care of Children Amendment Bill, Child Support Amendment Bill (No 2), Family Proceedings Amendment Bill and the Property (Relationships) Amendment Bill.

What was the State Sector and Public Finance Reform Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of State Services, Jonathan Coleman. This bills is now three separate bills. These are State Sector Amendment Bill, the  Public Finance Amendment Bill (No 2) and Crown Entities Amendment Bill.

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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