Parliament 6 May 2015

May 6th, 2015 at 1:35 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the outlook for the New Zealand economy?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Ministers’ implementation of the Whānau Ora programme in light of the Auditor-General’s report finding $42 million of its $138 million budget in its first four years was spent on administration?
  3. TODD MULLER to the Minister for Social Housing: What recent announcements have been made about the next steps of the Government’s Social Housing Reform Programme?
  4. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements in relation to the Budget?
  5. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to trade with Saudi Arabia that an “…FTA gives us yet another reason for those relationships to grow and be closer together…”?
  6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in regards to Whānau Ora, “They have to be ambitious themselves – it’s a higher trust model and it has the potential to deliver better results not only for families, but also for taxpayers who are not currently getting the value for money they should be.”?
  7. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his answers to Oral Question No. 12 yesterday?
  8. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister for Communications: What progress can she report on the rollout of the Ultra-Fast Broadband and Rural Broadband Initiatives?
  9. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he still accept assurances from officials that concrete used in New Zealand is fit for purpose?
  10. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Are patients receiving through New Zealand’s healthcare system the health care recommended by their medical practitioner; if not, why not?
  11. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Education: What is the Government doing today to recognise the educational achievements of young New Zealanders?
  12. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: Has she been consulted on education being included in the Trade in Service Agreement (TiSA); if so, have any concerns been expressed that this agreement could lead to foreign corporations suing New Zealand in relation to education provision?

National: Four patsies on the economy, social housing, broadband and education

Labour: Four questions on Whanau Ora, the Budget, yesterday’s question time and health

Greens: Two questions on Saudia Arabia and TISA

NZ First: Two questions on Whanau Ora and concrete

There are also three questions to members:

  1. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Chairperson of the Justice and Electoral Committee: Further to her answer to Question to Members No. 1 yesterday, how many people has she requested appear before the committee who submitted using the process she described as a form submission out of those who submitted using the process she described as a form submission in total?
  2. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Chairperson of the Justice and Electoral Committee: Further to her answer to Question to Members No. 1 yesterday, how many people has she requested appear before the committee who submitted using the process she described as a form submission and how many people who made such a request has she not requested appear?
  3. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Chairperson of the Justice and Electoral Committee: Further to her answer to Question to Members No. 1 yesterday, did she ascertain whether the individuals asking to appear were former services personnel by reading the submission before deciding whether or not to request their appearance?

General Debate 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm

12 speeches of up to five minutes each for a maximum of one hour

Local Bills 4.00 pm onwards

Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust Bill – committee stage

The bill provides legal foundations for The Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust Board to continue to be able to respond to, and recover from, the impact of the earthquakes.

 

  • Introduced June 2014
  • 1st reading: June 2014, passed unanimously
  • SC report: March 2015, supported as amended, without dissent
  • 2nd reading: April 2015, passed unanimously

There is no set time for the committee stage, but as a non controversial bill, it should not take long.

Christchurch City Council (Rates Validation) Bill – committee stage

The bill validates the irregularities with respect to the setting of the Christchurch City Council’s rates (including the specified rates) for the financial years 2003/2004 to 2012/2013 (inclusive) and the penalties added to unpaid rates for those financial years.

  • Introduced: May 2014
  • 1st reading: May 2014, passed 119-1 with Mana against
  • SC report: March 2015, supported without amendment or dissent
  • 2nd reading: April 2015, passed unanimously

There is no set time for the committee stage, but as a non controversial bill, it should not take long.

Maiden Speech – 5.45 pm to 6.00 pm

NZ First List MP Ria Bond

 Members Bills 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm

Social Security (Clothing Allowances for Orphans and Unsupported Children) Amendment Bill – third reading

The bill amends the Social Security Act 1964 to establish a clothing allowance for children whose caregivers receive an Orphan’s Benefit or Unsupported Child’s Benefit. The entitlement is intended to parallel the clothing allowance for foster children. It is in the name of NZ First MP Tracey Martin.

  • Introduced: December 2012
  • 1st reading: October 2013, passed unanimously
  • Select committee report: June 2014, supported without dissent
  • 2nd reading: March 2015, passed unanimously
  • Committee of the whole House: April 2015, passed unanimously after two amendments were defeated

The third reading is a debate of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each for a maximum of two hours.

Underground Coal Mining Safety Bill – first reading

This bill requires the immediate adoption of the Queensland framework for mine safety. It is in the name of Labour MP Damien O’Connor.

Introduced: October 2013

The debate can last up t0 65 minutes with two speeches up up to 10 minutes, eight speeches of up to five minutes and a five minute right of reply.

Electoral (Adjustment of Thresholds) Amendment Bill – first reading

The bill amends the Electoral Act 1993 to adjust the party vote thresholds from 5% to 4% and remove the electorate seat threshold. It is in the name of Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway

Introduced: November 2014

 

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Parliament 5 May 2015

May 5th, 2015 at 11:50 am by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, why?
  2. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on low inflation in New Zealand, and how does that benefit households and businesses?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he enforce high standards of conduct on all his Ministers, including himself?
  4. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for Economic Development:What are the fiscal risks to the Crown from Tracey Martin’s New Zealand International Convention Centre Act 2013 Repeal Bill, if any?
  5. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What is the Government doing to grow business-led research and development?
  6. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to achieving a surplus that it is like “landing a 747 on a pinhead”?
  7. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: How will Budget 2015 help strengthen compliance with minimum employment standards?
  8. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements?
  9. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Are New Zealanders who require elective surgery receiving it in a timely manner?
  10. STUART SMITH to the Minister for Disability Issues: How is the Government’s investment in the New Zealand Sign Language Fund helping sign language users to promote and maintain the language during Sign Language Week?
  11. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: Does she agree with Professor Mark Urban that New Zealand’s indigenous species are at greater risk of extinction from climate change than species in many other parts of the world; and if not, why not?
  12. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “returning to surplus and repaying debt are among the most important things the Government can do to ensure New Zealand can withstand future shocks and build a more competitive economy based on exports and new jobs”; if so, will there be a surplus for the 2014/15 year?

National: Four patsies on low inflation, research and development, Budget 2015 and Sign Language.

Labour: Four questions on the PM’s conduct, the surplus (x2) and elective surgery

Greens: Two questions does the Minister of Finance stand by his statements and climate change

NZ First: One question on if the PM stands by all his statements

ACT: One question on Sky City Convention Centre Act

There are also two questions to members:

  1. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Chairperson of the Justice and Electoral Committee: How many submitters on the New Zealand Flag Referendums Bill have asked to be heard by the committee and of those how many has she requested to attend to give evidence?
  2. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Chairperson of the Justice and Electoral Committee: How many submitters to the committee on the New Zealand Flag Referendums Bill requesting a yes/no vote has she requested attend to give evidence out of those who made submissions on this point?

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

 

 

Human Rights Amendment Bill – second reading continued

The Bill amends the Human Rights Act 1993 to enable the establishment of the position of a full-time Disability Rights Commissioner and to make changes to the role and structure of the Commission.

  • Introduced: October 2011
  • 1st reading: November 2013, passed 105-15 with Greens and Mana against
  • Select Committee report: April 2014, supported with amendments with Labour and Greens opposed

The debate has one ten minute speech remaining.

Animal Welfare Amendment Bill – third reading

The Bill amends the Animal Welfare Act 1999 to implement Government decisions resulting from the 2011–12 review to improve the enforceability, clarity, and transparency of New Zealand’s animal welfare system.

  • Introduced: May 2013
  • 1st reading: August 2013, passed without dissent
  • Select Committee report: June 2014, supported with amendments with Greens dissenting
  • 2nd reading: November 2014, passed 107-14 with Greens against
  • Committee of the Whole House: March 2015, passed without dissent, but with some opposition amendments defeated

The debate has 10 speeches of up to 10 minutes remaining, for a maximum of 100 minutes.

Social Assistance (Portability to Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokelau) Bill – second reading continued

This bill allows eligible persons who reside in the Cook Islands, Niue, or Tokelau to be able to apply from either of those countries or from that territory for New Zealand superannuation or a veteran’s pension.

  • Introduced: July 2014
  • 1st reading: November 2014, passed unanimously
  • Select committee report: March 2015, supported unanimously by the Social Services Committee, but with minority reports from Labour and NZ First calling for more generous eligibility

The second reading debate has nine speeches of up to 10 minutes each remaining, so a maximum debate of 90 minutes.

New Zealand Business Number Bill – first reading

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

  • Introduced March 2015

The first reading debate has 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes, so a maximum debate of two hours.

Environmental Reporting Bill – second reading

The bill provides for independent environmental reports in the areas of air, climate and atmosphere, freshwater, marine and land.

  • Introduced February 2014
  • 1st reading: March 2014, passed 78 to 41 with Labour and NZ First opposed
  • Select Committee report: March 2015, supported with amendments by the majority, minority views by Labour and Greens

The second reading debate has 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes, so a maximum debate of two hours.

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Parliament 30 April 2015

April 30th, 2015 at 12:26 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements?
  2. FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Minister of Trade: Can he explain why he is “reasonably confident of getting the numbers in the vote” given the growth in international opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement?
  3. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Finance: What steps has the Government taken to deliver better public services, and how is this benefiting the Government’s books?
  4. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Does he stand by his statement “The Government owns 1 in 16 houses in Auckland and we need to do a better job with them for the sake of tenants and aspiring homeowners, as well as for the neighbourhoods they live in and the wider city”; if so, what experience does the Tamaki Redevelopment Company have that will allow them to do a better job for tenants than Housing New Zealand?
  5. DENISE ROCHE to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by his statement that “Auckland must have a transport system that meets the demands of its growing population and we are committed to working with the Auckland Council to help make sure Auckland succeeds”?
  6. SIMON O’CONNOR to the Minister for Building and Housing: How will today’s announcement of transferring 2,800 Housing New Zealand properties to the Tamaki Redevelopment Company and a $200 million loan facility contribute to increasing the supply and quality of housing in Auckland?
  7. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she agree with the Prime Minister’s statement that “If those partnership schools don’t succeed the Government will be just as quick to close them down as we have been to establish them”?
  8. MAHESH BINDRA to the Minister of Corrections: Is he satisfied with all aspects of the running of Spring Hill Corrections Facility?
  9. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Education: How is the Government ensuring that Māori and Pasifika children are engaged in education from an early age?
  10. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Is he still committed to the Government’s goal of lifting exports from 30 percent to 40 percent of GDP by 2025?
  11. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Transport: What reports has he received recently on the Government’s Urban Cycleways Programme?
  12. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Civil Defence: What plans has the Government put in place to ensure as many New Zealanders as possible participate in the national earthquake drill ShakeOut?

National: Five patsies on better public services, Tamaki housing, Maori & Pasifika education, cycleways and civil defence.

Labour: Four questions on does Health Minister stand by all his statements, Tamaki housing, charter schools and exports

Greens: One question on Auckland transport

NZ First: Two questions on TPP and Spring Hills Correction Facility

Government Notice of Motion 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm

That a respectful Address be presented to His Excellency the Governor-General commending to His Excellency the alterations to the appropriations for the 2014/15 financial year in respect of Vote Ombudsmen and the appropriations and information for the 2015/16 financial year in respect of Vote Audit, Vote Ombudsmen, and Vote Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment be adopted.

A debate of six speeches of up to 10 minutes each, for a maximum of an hour.

 Government Bills 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Immigration Amendment Bill (No 2) – third reading

The Bill amends the Immigration Act 2009 to ensure the immigration system operates more effectively by addressing gaps identified in the compliance regime; responding to opportunities provided by new technology; and introducing measures to address the exploitation of migrant workers.

  • Introduced: October 2013
  • 1st reading: November 2013, passed 11-7 with NZ First against and Mana abstaining
  • Select Committee report: May 2014, supported with amendments with Labour and Greens dissenting
  • 2nd reading: February 2015, passed 61-59 with Labour, Greens, NZ First and Maori Party against
  • Committee of the whole House: March 2015, passed 61-57 with Labour, Greens, NZ First and Maori Party against

A debate of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each, for a maximum of two hours.

 

 

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Parliament 29 April 2015

April 29th, 2015 at 12:18 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he care what New Zealanders think about climate change, and does he take their calls for action on climate change seriously?
  2. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the benefits for businesses of the growing New Zealand economy?
  3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What impact would a tighter funding path for district health boards in 2015/16 have on their ability to provide quality, safe and timely services?
  4. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Associate Minister of Local Government: Did she consider all relevant factors in reappointing the Kaipara District Council Commissioners; if not, why not?
  5. TODD MULLER to the Minister for Building and Housing: How many applications have been made for KiwiSaver HomeStart since the scheme took effect on 1 April 2015?
  6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Is it Government policy that the Government will return to surplus this financial year and stay there so it can reduce debt, reduce ACC levies on households and businesses, and start modestly reducing income taxes?
  7. RON MARK to the Minister of Defence: How does he reconcile not providing any further detail on the deployment of troops in accordance with the NZDF policy of “non-identification of personnel and for reasons of operational security” with the Prime Minister confirming overnight that New Zealand troops were transiting through Dubai?
  8. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received on welfare numbers in New Zealand?
  9. CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister of Finance: Is the Productivity Commission Report released yesterday indicative of a Government agenda to privatise the welfare system?
  10. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Health: What recent reports has he received on improved access to first surgical assessments?
  11. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he stand by all his statements regarding workers employed by CNR Dalian Locomotive working in New Zealand?
  12. MARAMA FOX to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he support the Māori Party’s call for guaranteed healthy homes through the introduction of a Warrant of Fitness for all rental properties; if not, why not?

National: Four patsies on the economy, KiwiSaver Homestart, welfare numbers and surgical assessments

Labour: Four questions on DHB funding, surplus, Productivity Commission on welfare and CNR Dalian Locomotive

Greens: One question on climate change

NZ First: Two questions on Kaipara District Council and troop deployments

Maori Party: One question on rental WOFs

General Debate 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm

A debate of 12 speeches of five minutes each.

 

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

Appropriation (2013/14 Confirmation and Validation) Bill committee stage

This bill confirms and validates unappropriated expenditure and validates excess net asset holdings for the 2013/14 financial year.

  • Introduced: December 2014
  • 1st reading: February 2015, passed unanimously
  • 2nd reading March 2015, passed 61 to 54 with Labour, Greens and NZ First against

This bill is has a nine hour debate at committee stage, with four hours remaining.

Social Assistance (Portability to Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokelau) Bill – second reading

This bill allows eligible persons who reside in the Cook Islands, Niue, or Tokelau to be able to apply from either of those countries or from that territory for New Zealand superannuation or a veteran’s pension.

  • Introduced: July 2014
  • 1st reading: November 2014, passed unanimously
  • Select committee report: March 2015, supported unanimously by the Social Services Committee, but with minority reports from Labour and NZ First calling for more generous eligibility

The second reading is a debate of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each, so a maximum total debate of two hours.

 

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Parliament 28 April 2015

April 28th, 2015 at 11:47 am by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received about lower than expected inflation in New Zealand?
  2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “There’s always a risk with third-term Governments that they get arrogant. There’s always a risk that they veer off into a space they haven’t been, and start surprising their supporters”?
  3. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  4. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made that will ensure young New Zealanders get the right resources and investment they need for educational success?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Has he ever described achieving a surplus in this year as an “artificial target”; if not, why not?
  6. DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development:Does she stand by her statement “The latest benefit figures show a further year-on-year decline as the New Zealand economy improves and welfare reforms continue to support families”?
  7. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Transport: What progress has the Government made on the Western Corridor, which is part of its Roads of National Significance programme for Christchurch?
  8. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that the Government has effectively left nothing “undone” to tackle sky-rocketing house prices in Auckland?
  9. JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Women: Does she consider it her job to advocate for all New Zealand women?
  10. CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister of Conservation: Is she at all concerned about the health and safety of paua divers and other recreational water users around Stewart Island in relation to shark cage diving permits?
  11. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Customs: How is the Government making criminals pay for better drug screening at the border?
  12. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Trade: Will he now release the Government’s objectives and the latest offer it has tabled in respect of each chapter and each annex of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement?

National: Four patsies on inflation, education, Christchurch roads and drug screening at borders

Labour: Four questions on arrogance, surplus, house prices and the TPP

Greens: Two questions on does PM stand by all his statements and advocacy by Minister for Women

NZ First: Two questions on welfare and paua divers

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

Appropriation (2013/14 Confirmation and Validation) Bill committee stage

This bill confirms and validates unappropriated expenditure and validates excess net asset holdings for the 2013/14 financial year.

  • Introduced: December 2014
  • 1st reading: February 2015, passed unanimously
  • 2nd reading March 2015, passed 61 to 54 with Labour, Greens and NZ First against

This bill is has a nine hour debate at committee stage, with two hours on the annual accounts and an hour each on seven portfolio areas.

 

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Submission on NZ Flag Referendums Bill

April 24th, 2015 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

SUBMISSION OF DAVID FARRAR ON THE NEW ZEALAND FLAG REFERENDUMS BILL TO THE JUSTICE AND ELECTORAL COMMITTEE

About the Submitter

  1. This submission is made by David Farrar in a personal capacity. I would like to appear before the Committee to speak to my submission.

    The overall Bill

  2. I support the bill, without amendment.

    Order of Referendums

  3. Some groups and people have advocated that the first referendum should include a question on whether voters wish to change the flag, and if there is not a majority, there is no second referendum.
  4. I oppose such a move. It could result in no vote occurring on an alternative design, even though a majority would vote for the alternative design.
  5. Such a change could deny a design supported by a majority of voters, being voted on.
  6. It is quite possible a large number of voters could vote at the first referendum that they do not want change, yet could be persuaded that the alternate design is preferable to the current design and vote for it, even though they did not have a problem with the current design. There is a difference between finding the current design acceptable, and saying that no other design could be better.
  7. A flag is not an electoral system. A flag is simply a design, and the most informed way to vote is choosing between the current design and an alternative design.
  8. An electoral system can produce outcomes such as a disproportional Parliament, a lack of women, a majority Government which allows voters to decide they want change, regardless of the alternative. But a vote on a flag makes no sense without knowing the alternative.

    Method of Voting

  9. I am disappointed that only overseas based voters will be allowed to return their votes via the Internet. There is no sound public policy reasons that voters in NZ should not be able to do so also.
  10. Postal voting is a dying method of voting. Restricting the referendum for those in NZ to postal voting is likely to lead to a low turnout, which could undermine the moral legitimacy of any vote.
  11. The turnout for postal referendums in recent times has been declining from 80% in 1997 to 56% in 2009 to 45% in 2013.
  12. While it is probably too late to make the necessary arrangements for this referendum, planning should commence for future referendums as postal referendums will not be viable in the not too distant future. Younger New Zealanders simply have no relationship with a post office.

Thank you for considering this submission.

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Submission on the 2014 General Election Inquiry

March 31st, 2015 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

SUBMISSION OF DAVID FARRAR TO THE
INQUIRY INTO THE 2014 GENERAL ELECTION BY THE JUSTICE AND ELECTORAL SELECT COMMITTEE

About the Submitter

  1. This submission is made by David Farrar in a personal capacity. I would like to appear before the Committee to speak to my submission.

    Election Day and Advance Voting Restrictions

  2. As advance voting has become more and more popular, a situation has developed where we do not have enough restrictions on electioneering during the advance voting period, and too many restrictions on E-Day.
  3. 630,775 voters advance voted out of 2,416,479 – in excess of 25%. During that period there were stories about voters being handed party or candidate pamphlets as they enter polling places, or even having to go through a barrage of party activists.
  4. I believe we should aim to have similar restrictions in place for the advance voting period, and E-Day. These should primarily be focused on having an advertisement free zone around polling places, and being illegal to pressure someone to vote a particular way.
  5. This would see (compared to the status quo) a stricter regime for the advance voting period, and a more permissive regime for E-Day with the aim of the same regime for both periods. It is hard to justify on first principles why the period during which 74% vote should have a radically different regime to the period when 26% vote. I expect in future years this may approach 50/50.

    Infringement fines for minor breaches

  6. As previously, I propose that the Electoral Commission be given the power to fine parties and candidates for minor breaches of the Electoral Act such as late returns. It is silly to require such breaches to be referred to the Police and take up court time if prosecuted. A fine power will increase compliance with the law

    Broadcasting Act

  7. I repeat my previous submissions than the ban on political parties purchasing their own broadcasting time is outdated and an unjustified restriction of free speech. Worse, it means that different parties have different effective spending limits as a party allocated less broadcasting spend than another, is unable to close that gap.

    Donation Disclosure

  8. I think the donations regime is generally working well, except for the fact most donations are only disclosed after an election. I propose that all donations over the disclosure threshold be disclosed to the Electoral Commission on a monthly basis, by the 20th of the following month. Also during the final two months before an election, on a weekly basis.
  9. Transparency around donations is far more effective and justified that restrictions on who can donate – such as the US has. However transparency works best if the public have knowledge of significant donors prior to an election. The current threshold of $30,000 for immediate disclosure is too high.

    Role of the Police

  10. I have advocated for over nine years that the Police should be removed from their current role of prosecuting electoral breaches.
  11. In 2005 their investigations of electoral law breaches was arguably incompetent. Extremely basic errors in law were made, where they ignored strict liability and confused the difference between spending limits and who can authorize and advertisement.
  12. In both 2008, 2011 and 2014 they did not investigate alleged offences in a timely manner. Most complaints referred to them in 2011 just disappeared into a black hole and no action was taken. I do not blame them for prioritizing other crimes ahead of electoral offences, but it is wrong that there is no timely and effective enforcement of electoral law.
  13. propose that the Committee recommend to the Government that they agree in principle that the Police be removed as the enforcement agency for electoral law, and that they consult on the preferred replacement model.

Thank you for considering this submission. I would like to make an oral submission in support, and look forward to appearing.

 

David Farrar

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Parliament 31 March 2015

March 31st, 2015 at 11:58 am by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What policy measures has the Government announced that will help to distribute dividends from the growing economy to New Zealand families and children?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “there’s a message from Northland” for the Government; if so, will the Government take that message seriously?
  3. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Will he submit an emissions reduction target to the UN by the 31 March deadline; and does he stand by his statement that New Zealand’s net emissions are projected to increase 48 percent in the next decade?
  4. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: What are the construction start and end dates for each of the 10 bridges the Government has announced it will upgrade in Northland?
  5. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Building and Housing:How many families is the Government budgeting to benefit from the new HomeStart programme and how will prospective homeowners be able to find out their eligibility?
  6. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for the Environment: Does he still believe that affordable housing, natural hazards, infrastructure development, economic growth, jobs and exports needed recognition in the Resource Management Act 1991?
  7. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for ACC: What changes to ACC levies come into effect on 1 April, and what impact will these changes have on New Zealand businesses and families?
  8. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with the Prime Minister when he says of the people of Northland: “They want more. They want to go faster”; if so, does he believe that this view on economic growth is unique to the people of Northland?
  9. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Can he rule out exploration for oil and gas in the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary?
  10. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with the Prime Minister regarding Government proposals to amend sections 6 and 7 of the Resource Management Act 1991 that “there’s just no question that you’ve got to rip up what we’ve got now”?
  11. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements regarding the Northland by-election?
  12. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for Small Business: How are small businesses benefiting from the export markets initiatives in the Business Growth Agenda?

National: Four patsies on helping families, HomeStart, ACC levies and small business.

Labour: Four questions on Northland (x3) and the RMA

Greens: Two questions on climate change and oil & gas exploration

NZ First: One question on Northland

ACT: One question on RMA

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

Immigration Amendment Bill (No 2) – committee stage continued

The Bill amends the Immigration Act 2009 to ensure the immigration system operates more effectively by addressing gaps identified in the compliance regime; responding to opportunities provided by new technology; and introducing measures to address the exploitation of migrant workers.

  • Introduced: October 2013
  • 1st reading: November 2013, passed 11-7 with NZ First against and Mana abstaining
  • Select Committee report: May 2014, supported with amendments with Labour and Greens dissenting
  • 2nd reading: February 2015, passed 61-59 with Labour, Greens, NZ First and Maori Party against

A large SOP has been proposed by the Minister.

The debate has no time limit but is likely to be at least three hours.

Animal Welfare Amendment Bill – committee stage

The Bill amends the Animal Welfare Act 1999 to implement Government decisions resulting from the 2011–12 review to improve the enforceability, clarity, and transparency of New Zealand’s animal welfare system.

  • Introduced: May 2013
  • 1st reading: August 2013, passed without dissent
  • Select Committee report: June 2014, supported with amendments with Greens dissenting
  • 2nd reading: November 2014, passed 107-14 with Greens against

There are eight SOPs from Green MP Mojo Mathers and one from Labour MP Trevor Mallard.

The debate has no time limit but is likely to be at least three hours.

 

Objectionable Publications and Indecency Legislation Bill – committee stage

The bill increases the penalties for producing, trading, or possessing child pornography.

  • Introduced: May 2013
  • 1st reading: November 2013, passed without dissent
  • Select Committee report: April 2014, supported unanimously with no amendments
  • 2nd reading: February 2015, passed without dissent

The debate has no time limit but as it is not opposed, should not take much time. There is an SOP from the Minister to consider.

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Parliament 26 March 2016

March 26th, 2015 at 11:56 am by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Science and Innovation:Does he stand by his statement that the Government will “build a strong business-led R&D ecosystem to strengthen and diversify New Zealand’s economy”?
  2. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on how low inflation is benefiting New Zealand families?
  3. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Does he agree with the National Business Review who asked “Is the Government’s social housing privatisation policy in tatters”?
  4. NUK KORAKO to the Minister for Economic Development:What reports has he received on the progress of New Zealand businesses succeeding internationally?
  5. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Transport: Will transport spending in Northland return to the level that this Government inherited, given annual NZTA funding for the region has fallen by $36 million since 2008/09?
  6. Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Associate Minister for Social Development: How much has the Government saved as a result of its benefit fraud initiative?
  7. SUE MORONEY to the Minister for ACC: Was the then Minister for ACC Hon Judith Collins correct when she said last year that the reason the Government ignored ACC’s recommendation for cuts to levies for employers and workers was “because we need to get to surplus”?
  8. PITA PARAONE to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received, if any, about why the Māori Education Trust is selling its 320ha Kahutara dairy farm, the late Edward Holmes’ farm, that was gifted to the Trust to educate Wairarapa Māori?
  9. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What reports has he received on renewable electricity generation in New Zealand?
  10. MOJO MATHERS to the Minister for Primary Industries: Will he support a ban on cosmetics testing on animals?
  11. TODD BARCLAY to the Minister for Small Business: How are small businesses benefiting from the innovation initiatives of the Business Growth Agenda?
  12. Su’a WILLIAM SIO to the Minister for Building and Housing: Have all boarding houses that are “rat-infested, mouldy dives that are unfit for human habitation” been closed down since he said he wanted them eliminated in November 2014; if not, why not?

National: Five patsies on inflation, NZ businesses, welfare fraud, renewable electricity and small business.

Labour: Four questions on social housing, Northland roads, ACC and boarding houses.

Greens: Two questions on research & development and animal testing

NZ First: One question on the Maori Education Trust

Government Bills 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Taxation (KiwiSaver HomeStart and Remedial Matters) Bill – third reading

The bill amends the KiwiSaver Act 2006 and the Income Tax Act 2007 in relation to withdrawal of member tax credits for KiwiSaver members purchasing their first home and “corrections” to the tax, social policy, and KiwiSaver treatment of income replacement payments for some veterans and other claimants.

  • Introduced: December 2014
  • 1st reading: December 2014, passed without dissent
  • Select Committee report: March 2015, supported without dissent
  • 2nd reading: March 2015
  • Committee: March 2015

The debate can last up to two hours.

Human Rights Amendment Bill – second reading continued

The Bill amends the Human Rights Act 1993 to enable the establishment of the position of a full-time Disability Rights Commissioner and to make changes to the role and structure of the Commission.

  • Introduced: October 2011
  • 1st reading: November 2013, passed 105-15 with Greens and Mana against
  • Select Committee report: April 2014, supported with amendments with Labour and Greens opposed

The debate has up to 60 minutes remaining.

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Parliament 25 March 2015

March 25th, 2015 at 12:09 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: What reports, if any, has she received about the Salvation Army saying it felt pressured into carrying out expensive, time-consuming research on buying unwanted state houses because the Government repeatedly referred to the charity as a likely buyer?
  2. DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development:Does she stand by her statement, “Every child has the right to be safe from abuse and neglect and these guidelines will help us build a stronger culture of child protection across New Zealand where the safety and security of children is paramount.”?
  3. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on progress the New Zealand economy is making in reducing its external debt position?
  4. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Internal Affairs: How will his decision to cut funding by $392,000 a year to the specialist non-fiction service provided by the National Library affect access to educational resources for rural schools?
  5. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Social Housing:What are the next steps in the Government’s social housing reform programme?
  6. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he stand by the Prime Minister’s answer that it is “misinformation” that New Zealand’s net greenhouse gas emissions have increased by 20 percent between 2008 and 2012; if so, by what percentage did New Zealand’s net greenhouse gas emissions increase between 2008 and 2012?
  7. SIMON O’CONNOR to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received in relation to the increased funding for cochlear implants announced in Budget 2014?
  8. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: When did his officials first learn of SkyCity’s desire for a public funding top-up in order for the International Convention Centre to meet the Preliminary Design specifications?
  9. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Small Business: How are small businesses benefiting from the Better for Business – Result 9 Programme?
  10. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Education: What further advice, if any, did she receive that led to her decision to consult on the closing of Redcliffs School, following the advice she received from geotechnical experts in September last year that “with the mitigation measures in place, the risk from rockfall is considered to be no higher on the school grounds than on any site remote from the Port Hills”?
  11. JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he agree with the previous EEO Commissioner Judy McGregor’s statement on aged care that “The sense of crisis that surrounds aged care is partly a reflection of our collective knowledge that we are not being fair and that a large group of workers is being discriminated against.”?

One missing question, which means a party failed to put in a question.

National: Four patsies on NZ debt, social housing, cochlear implants and and small business.

Labour: Four questions on social housing, National Library, Sky City and Redcliffs School

Greens: Two questions on climate change and aged care

NZ First: One question on child abuse

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

Taxation (KiwiSaver HomeStart and Remedial Matters) Bill – committee stage

The bill amends the KiwiSaver Act 2006 and the Income Tax Act 2007 in relation to withdrawal of member tax credits for KiwiSaver members purchasing their first home and “corrections” to the tax, social policy, and KiwiSaver treatment of income replacement payments for some veterans and other claimants.

Introduced: December 2014
1st reading: December 2014, passed without dissent
Select Committee report: March 2015, supported without dissent
2nd reading: March 2015

There is no time limit for the committee stage but as an uncontroversial bill, is unlikely to take long.

Social Security Amendment Bill (No 3) – committee stage

The Bill corrects the effects of a Social Security Appeal Authority decision that weekly compensation payments made by employers accredited under the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) accredited employer schemes do not count as ACC payments, and hence a deduction.

  • Introduced: November 2010
  • 1st reading: April 2011, passed 110-10 with Greens and Chris Carter against
  • Select Committee report: May 2011, supported without dissent or amendment
  • 2nd reading: February 2015, passed 95-25 with Greens and NZ First against

There is no time limit for the committee stage. It is unlikely the debate would be greater than three hours.

 

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Parliament 24 March 2015

March 24th, 2015 at 12:19 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister responsible for HNZC: What are the objectives of the Government’s social housing reform programme?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statements that his plan to sell state houses “is not about selling to developers” and he would be “amazed” if the likes of the Salvation Army were hesitant to get involved?
  3. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Can he rule out selling Housing New Zealand-owned homes to private developers; if not, will any sale be contingent on developers housing low-income or vulnerable tenants in those homes?
  4. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Trade: What progress has the Government made in opening up export markets for our regional economies?
  5. DENIS O’ROURKE to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with the Northland Regional Council’s 2012 State of the Environment Report that “large areas of land with prime soils suited for agriculture and horticultural production continues to be subdivided for lifestyle blocks and urban development”; if not, why not?
  6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What advice, if any, did he receive from the Treasury on the Government policy to double-lane ten Northland bridges?
  7. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister of Transport: What progress has the Government made on its Accelerated Regional Roading Programme?
  8. DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his quote regarding Hon Tim Groser’s bid to be Director-General of the World Trade Organisation that if “he decided to put his name in the ring then the New Zealand Government would give him 100 percent support”; if so, precisely what support did the Government provide to Mr Groser?
  9. STUART SMITH to the Minister for Communications: What are the latest towns to be fully fibred under the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme?
  10. SUE MORONEY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he agree with the Prime Minister’s assertion that we will “absolutely not” see thousands of workers denied their tea breaks under his changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000?
  11. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister responsible for the GCSB: Is the spying on candidates vying to be the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation an appropriate use of the Government Communications Security Bureau?
  12. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What is the Government doing to help small businesses raise funds?

National: Five patsies on social housing, exports, roading, fibre, and small business.

Labour: Four questions on social housing, Northland roads, GCSB and workplace relations

Greens: Two questions on social housing and GCSB.

NZ First: One question on Northland.

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

Statutes Amendment Bill (No 4) – third reading continued

The bill makes changes to 34 Acts.

  • Introduced: May 2014
  • 1st reading: April 2014, passed without dissent
  • Select Committee report: July 2014, supported unanimously with amendments
  • 2nd reading: March 2015, passed without dissent

A provision relating to travel perks for former MPs has been dropped, following objection from the Green Party.

The debate has up to 80 minutes remaining.

Taxation (KiwiSaver HomeStart and Remedial Matters) Bill – second reading

The bill amends the KiwiSaver Act 2006 and the Income Tax Act 2007 in relation to withdrawal of member tax credits for KiwiSaver members purchasing their first home and “corrections” to the tax, social policy, and KiwiSaver treatment of income replacement payments for some veterans and other claimants.

Introduced: December 2014
1st reading: December 2014, passed without dissent
Select Committee report: March 2015, supported without dissent

The debate can be up to two hours

Harmful Digital Communications Bill – second reading

The Bill aims to “mitigate the harm caused to individuals by digital communications and to provide victims of harmful digital communications with a quick and efficient means of redress.” by creating a new civil enforcement regime to quickly and effectively deal with harmful digital communications; creating new criminal offences to deal with the most serious harmful digital communications and making some small amendments to existing legislation to clarify their application to digital communications and cover technological advances.

Introduced: November 2013
1st reading: December 2013, passed unanimously
Select Committee Report: May 2014, supported unanimously, with amendments

The debate can be up to two hours.

 

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Parliament 19 March 2015

March 19th, 2015 at 12:15 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Did Cabinet consider a proposal for sealing roads in the Pipiwai area, as claimed by Dr Shane Reti; if so, why has no funding for this work been announced?
  2. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Finance: In light of his statement in the House on 11 March that low inflation “makes it more challenging for the Government because higher inflation pushes up the tax base and enables us to collect more tax in a growing economy”, does he agree that this phenomenon of fiscal drag is just another description for an increase in effective tax rates?
  3. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on New Zealand’s economic growth?
  4. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Police: Does he have concerns with the Police’s handling of the alleged offending in the “Roast Busters” case given the release of the report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority today; if so, what are those concerns?
  5. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Does he propose to implement the Environment Canterbury model in other regional and unitary councils by replacing nearly half the elected councillors with ministerial appointees?
  6. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Health: What steps is the Government taking to improve mental health services for New Zealand families?
  7. RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to Cyclone Pam “We will continue to do all we can to help our Pacific neighbours”?
  8. NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made about progress on the Government’s $1.137 billion Greater Christchurch Education Renewal Plan?
  9. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with Moody’s Analytics that “New Zealand has a ‘two-speed’ economy as strong domestic demand cushions a weaker export sector”?
  10. TODD BARCLAY to the Minister for Small Business: What online tools has the Government provided to help small businesses make informed decisions?
  11. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Tertiary Education: Does he believe students and staff at every university should have the right to participate in the election of university councils?
  12. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that “There is not a housing crisis” in New Zealand?

National: Four patsies on economic growth, mental health services, Christchurch education and small business.

Labour: Four questions on Northland roads, “Roast Busters”, the economy and university councils.

Greens: Two questions on ECan and housing.

NZ First: One question on Cyclone Pam.

ACT: One question on fiscal drag and effective tax rates

Government Bills 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Appropriation (2013/14 Confirmation and Validation) Bill – 2nd reading

This bill confirms and validates unappropriated expenditure and validates excess net asset holdings for the 2013/14 financial year.

Introduced: December 2014
1st reading: February 2015, passed unanimously

This bill is not debated.

Harmful Digital Communications Bill – second reading

The Bill aims to “mitigate the harm caused to individuals by digital communications and to provide victims of harmful digital communications with a quick and efficient means of redress.” by creating a new civil enforcement regime to quickly and effectively deal with harmful digital communications; creating new criminal offences to deal with the most serious harmful digital communications and making some small amendments to existing legislation to clarify their application to digital communications and cover technological advances.

Introduced: November 2013
1st reading: December 2013, passed unanimously
Select Committee Report: May 2014, supported unanimously, with amendments

The debate can be up to two hours.

Statutes Amendment Bill (No 4) – third reading

The bill makes minor changes to the local government acts and the Official Information Act.

  • Introduced: May 2014
  • 1st reading: April 2014, passed without dissent
  • Select Committee report: July 2014, supported unanimously with amendments
  • 2nd reading: March 2015, passed without dissent

A provision relating to travel perks for former MPs has been dropped, following objection from the Green Party.

The debate can be up to two hours.

 

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Parliament 18 March 2015

March 18th, 2015 at 11:54 am by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on progress the Government has made in supporting higher wages for New Zealand families?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that reducing tariffs on construction materials will save “about $3,500, for a new home”; if so, when will new home buyers see these savings?
  3. DENIS O’ROURKE to the Minister for Economic Development:Does he stand by his statement to RadioLive’s Duncan Garner yesterday, in respect of starting the Pūhoi to Wellsford Motorway, that “2016 sounds like a pretty good date to me”?
  4. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the principals of decile 1 to 4 schools he has visited have told him “the number of children in those schools who actually require lunch is the odd one or two”?
  5. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What reports has he received on job growth in New Zealand?
  6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Can workers still expect that the average wage will rise to $62,000 in the next three years, as he stated during the period of the election campaign in 2014; if so, what annual percentage increase will be required to make that a reality?
  7. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received on the number of teen mothers receiving a benefit?
  8. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Does he agree that the Government’s Northland bridges policy was “absolutely” the idea of National by-election candidate Mark Osbourne as he claims?
  9. STUART SMITH to the Minister for Disability Issues: What is the Government doing to improve the lives of families with disabled children placed in out-of-home care?
  10. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Is he confident that the Department of Internal Affairs manages New Zealanders’ personal information, documents and records effectively and safely?
  11. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statements regarding dairy conversions that the debate should be driven by the “capacity for maintaining and improving the environment”?
  12. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister for Small Business: What reports has he received about support for measures the Government has taken to assist small business?

National: Five patsies on wages, jobs, teen benefit numbers, disabled children and small businesses

Labour: Four questions on home affordability, wages, Northland roads and DIA infromation handling

Greens: Two questions on food in schools and dairy farms

NZ First: One question on Northland roads

General Debate 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm

A debate with 12 speeches of up to five minutes.

Members’ Bills 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm – 10.00 pm

Social Security (Clothing Allowances for Orphans and Unsupported Children) Amendment Bill – second reading continued

The bill amends the Social Security Act 1964 to establish a clothing allowance for children whose caregivers receive an Orphan’s Benefit or Unsupported Child’s Benefit. The entitlement is intended to parallel the clothing allowance for foster children. It is in the name of NZ First MP Tracey Martin.

Introduced: December 2012
1st reading: October 2013, passed unanimously
Select committee report: June 2014, supported without dissent

The debate has one hour remaining.

Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment Bill – first reading continued

This Bill amends the Education Act 1989 to provide for the introduction of fully State funded breakfast and lunch programmes into all decile 1 and 2 schools and other designated schools in New Zealand. It is in the name of Green MP Metiria Turei.

Introduced: November 2012

The debate has five five minutes remaining.

Electronic Data Safety Bill – first reading

This bill establishes a Commission of Inquiry into privacy breaches within government agencies. It is in the name of Labour MP Clare Curran.

Introduced: November 2012

The debate can last up to 65 minutes.

Education (Food in Schools) Amendment Bill – first reading

This Bill is to provide for a legislative basis for making food in schools available to all decile 1 to 3 primary and intermediate schools. It is in the name of Labour MP David Shearer.

Introduced: September 2013

The debate can last up t0 65 minutes.

Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill – first reading

This bill has the purpose of ensuring that every rental home in New Zealand meets minimum standards of heating and insulation. It is in the name of Labour MP Phil Twyford.

Introduced: October 2013

The debate can last up t0 65 minutes.

 

Underground Coal Mining Safety Bill – first reading

This bill requires the immediate adoption of the Queensland framework for mine safety.

Introduced: October 2013

The debate can last up t0 65 minutes.

 

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Parliament 17 March 2015

March 17th, 2015 at 2:18 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he still believe that people who oppose the deployment of New Zealand soldiers to train Iraqi Government forces need to “get some guts and join the right side” in light of widespread evidence that Iraqi Government forces are committing war crimes?
  2. Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received about higher employment, consumer confidence, and economic growth?
  3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What advice, if any, has he received on the causes of rheumatic fever?
  4. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for Social Housing: What support is the Government providing to families in Christchurch in need of short-term housing?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Can workers still expect that the average wage will rise to $62,000 in the next three years, as he stated during the period of the election campaign in 2014?
  6. BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement regarding the closing down of a health centre, published on Newstalk ZB this morning, “there’s no facility in Wellsford that is closing, and that is what my officials have told me”?
  7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Why was the Government’s new policy to double-lane ten Northland bridges not announced by him or the New Zealand Transport Agency?
  8. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Civil Defence: What reports has she received on the impact of Tropical Cyclone Pam on New Zealand?
  9. DENIS O’ROURKE to the Minister of Transport: When will the detailed plans, designations and construction schedule be available for the full Pūhoi to Wellsford motorway?
  10. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  11. SIMON O’CONNOR to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What recent announcements has the Government made regarding responsible lending?
  12. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister for the Environment: Has he, along with the Minister of Local Government, released for public consultation the discussion document on the statutory review of Environment Canterbury and options for regional governance, as advised to do by November 2014 in the Briefing to Incoming Ministers; if so, when?

National: Four patsies on the economy, Christchurch housing, Cyclone Pam and loan sharks

Labour: Five questions on Iraq, rheumatic fever, wages, Northland roads, and ECan

Greens: One question on does PM stand by all his statements

NZ First: Two questions on Wellsford health centre and Northland roads

Maori Party: One question on treatment of Iriheke Pere

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

Appropriation (2013/14 Confirmation and Validation) Bill – 2nd reading

This bill confirms and validates unappropriated expenditure and validates excess net asset holdings for the 2013/14 financial year.

Introduced: December 2014
1st reading: February 2015, passed unanimously

This bill is not debated.

Harmful Digital Communications Bill – second reading

The Bill aims to “mitigate the harm caused to individuals by digital communications and to provide victims of harmful digital communications with a quick and efficient means of redress.” by creating a new civil enforcement regime to quickly and effectively deal with harmful digital communications; creating new criminal offences to deal with the most serious harmful digital communications and making some small amendments to existing legislation to clarify their application to digital communications and cover technological advances.

Introduced: November 2013
1st reading: December 2013, passed unanimously
Select Committee Report: May 2014, supported unanimously, with amendments

The debate can be up to two hours.

Construction Contracts Amendment Bill – committee stage continued

The bill amends the Construction Contracts Act 2002 to remove most of the distinctions between the treatment of residential and commercial contracts under the Act; extend the scope of the Act to apply to contracts for design, engineering, and quantity surveying work; remove the distinction between enforcement of payment determinations and of those relating to rights and obligations and make the enforcement process more efficient.

Introduced: January 2013

1st reading: June 2013, passed 119-1 with only Brendan Horan against
Select Committee report: March 2013, supported unanimously with amendments
2nd reading: March 2014, passed unanimously

The committee stage has no time limit. If fully debated a rough guide can be up to an hour per part (plus title and schedules) so unlikely to be more than four hours. Part 1 is still being debated.

There are three SOPs to be voted on – one each by Nick Smith, Clayton Cosgrove and Julie-Anne Genter. They all deal with the issue of retention payments.

Statutes Amendment Bill (No 4) – committee stage

The bill makes minor changes to the local government acts and the Official Information Act.

Introduced: May 2014
1st reading: April 2014, passed without dissent
Select Committee report: July 2014, supported unanimously with amendments
2nd reading: March 2015, passed without dissent

A provision relating to travel perks for former MPs will be dropped, following objection from the Green Party.

The committee stage has no time limit. If fully debated a rough guide can be up to an hour per part (plus title and schedules) and there are 33 parts.

 

 

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Parliament 12 March 2015

March 12th, 2015 at 12:47 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  2. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement “every Minister believes that the decision that affects them is the one that makes all the difference to the surplus or the deficit”?
  3. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received about the growth outlook for the New Zealand economy?
  4. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: How much has been spent in total by the New Zealand Transport Agency on roads in the Northland region under National Land Transport Programmes set by the current Government since it was elected in November 2008?
  5. MARAMA FOX to the Minister of Justice: What advice, if any, has she received about Iriheke Pere given that it is over 18 months since he was shot in the back while he was handcuffed and not resisting arrest?
  6. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What progress has the Government made on completing the Waikato Expressway Road of National Significance?
  7. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Is the Government’s objective to increase New Zealand’s net greenhouse gas emissions or is the Government’s objective to decrease New Zealand’s net greenhouse gas emissions?
  8. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister for Economic Development: What reports has he received on GDP growth in New Zealand’s regions?
  9. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement that in the event a charter school closes before the end of its contract “we will use the usual commercial instruments available to us to recover costs invested by the Government”; if so, which specific provisions of the contract with Whangaruru School allow for the recovery of funds in the event the school closes?
  10. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made on steps to protect children?
  11. SUE MORONEY to the Minister for ACC: Does she have confidence in the ACC Board?
  12. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for Small Business: What steps is this Government taking to support growth for small business?

National: Five patsies on economic growth, Waikato roads, regional GDP growth, small business and protecting children

Labour: Four questions on the surplus, Northland roads, charter schools and ACC

Greens: One questions on climate change

NZ First: One question on does PM stand by all his statements

Maori Party: One question on treatment of Iriheke Pere

Government Bills 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm

New Zealand Flag Referendums Bill – first reading

The bill establishes a process for the holding of a postal referendum on which alternative flag design is preferred by voters, and a second on whether that alternative flag or the current flag is to be the New Zealand flag.”

Introduced: March 2015

The debate can be up to two hours.

Construction Contracts Amendment Bill – committee stage

The bill amends the Construction Contracts Act 2002 to remove most of the distinctions between the treatment of residential and commercial contracts under the Act; extend the scope of the Act to apply to contracts for design, engineering, and quantity surveying work; remove the distinction between enforcement of payment determinations and of those relating to rights and obligations and make the enforcement process more efficient.

Introduced: January 2013

1st reading: June 2013, passed 119-1 with only Brendan Horan against
Select Committee report: March 2013, supported unanimously with amendments
2nd reading: March 2014, passed unanimously

The committee stage has no time limit. If fully debated a rough guide can be up to an hour per part (plus title and schedules) so unlikely to be more than four hours.

There are three SOPs to be voted on – one each by Nick Smith, Clayton Cosgrove and Julie-Anne Genter. They all deal with the issue of retention payments.

 

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Parliament 11 March 2015

March 11th, 2015 at 12:01 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: What steps has the Government taken in responding to the criminal threat to New Zealand’s infant and other milk formula products?
  2. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to the Reserve Bank that “it’s not an option for the bank to raise interest rates”?
  4. BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: Does he have confidence that the Ministry of Health is providing the best public health service for rural New Zealand communities?
  5. Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the Government’s finances and how does this compare with forecasts in the Half-Year Update in December?
  6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement regarding the Northland by-election that “last week we were looking through the various policies we want to announce so they were finalised I suppose last week. We’ve got another couple of announcements; we are making another this week on something else”?
  7. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Food Safety: Does she have confidence in the integrity of New Zealand’s food safety system in light of the criminal threat to contaminate infant and other formula with 1080?
  8. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Small Business: What advice has he received, if any, on how much small and medium sized businesses will pay in ACC levies this year?
  9. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What is the Government doing to commemorate the centenary of the First World War?
  10. Su’a WILLIAM SIO to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that he had not heard from any Pacific leaders following the allegations of GCSB mass surveillance within the Pacific “And that will be because they understand completely that either things are sensationalised, fundamentally not true, or of no concern to them”?
  11. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Small Business: What reports has he received on small businesses hiring more employees in the coming year?
  12. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: Does she stand by all her statements?

National: Five patsies on 1080 threats (x2), Government surplus, WWI centenary and small businesses

Labour: Four questions on Reserve Bank, Northland, ACC and GCSB

Greens: Two questions on Does PM stand by all his statements and Does Conservation Minister stand by all her statements

NZ First: One question on rural health

Debate on report on 2015 Budget Policy Statement 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm

The Finance and Expenditure Committee report on the 2015 Budget Policy Statement will be debated up to two hours.

Government Bills 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm

Taxation (Annual Rates for 2015-16, Research and Development, and Remedial Matters) Bill – first reading

The bill is an omnibus bill that significantly amends ten different tax acts,especially in the area of child support.

Introduced: February 2015

The debate has up to 70 minutes remaining.

Statutes Amendment Bill (No 4) – second reading

The bill makes minor changes to the local government acts and the Official Information Act.

Introduced: May 2014
1st reading: April 2014, passed without dissent
Select Committee report: July 2014, supported unanimously with amendments

The debate has up to 80 minutes remaining.

 

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Parliament 10 March 2015

March 10th, 2015 at 11:45 am by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

    1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his comment that “no one’s arguing that we’re not working as fast as we possibly can” to cut ACC levies given ACC, the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment, Treasury, the Employers and Manufacturers Association, and Infometrics are among those recommending bigger cuts?
    2. NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy and particularly on New Zealand’s creditworthiness compared to other developed economies?
    3. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does the Prime Minister still stand by his answer that he will resign if the GCSB has conducted mass surveillance of New Zealanders; if so, what is his definition of mass surveillance?
    4. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Transport: What update can he give on Government investment in bridge infrastructure in Northland?
    5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: How would the Crown’s fiscal position be affected if ACC’s recommended reductions to its Work and Earners’ levies for 2015-16 were implemented?
    6. SIMON O’CONNOR to the Minister for Communications: What recent reports has she seen on growth of fibre connections compared to other OECD countries?
    7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Does he think his “deep commitment to Northland” has been demonstrated by the Government cutting spending on Northland roads by $36 million or nearly 30 percent over the last five years?
    8. RON MARK to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by all his statements?
    9. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Will he be taking any steps to increase protection for indigenous trees and vegetation in the proposed changes to the Resource Management Act?
    10. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Small Business: What reports has he received on confidence from small businesses in the New Zealand economy?
    11. TRACEY MARTIN to the Deputy Prime Minister: Does he consider the flag referendum to be a judicious use of taxpayers’ money?
    12. SUE MORONEY to the Minister for ACC: What is the purpose of the Work and Earners’ levies charged by ACC?

National: Four patsies on the economy, Northland bridges, fibre connections and small businesses

Labour: Four questions on ACC (x3) and Northland roads

Greens: Two questions on GCSB and RMA

NZ First: two questions on Transport Minister standing by his statements and the flag referendum

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

Drug and Alcohol Testing of Community-based Offenders and Bailees Legislation Bill – first reading continued

The bill amends the Bail Act 2000, the Sentencing Act 2002 and the Parole Act 2002 to enable the Department of Corrections and the New Zealand Police to require community-based offenders and bailees, if they are subject to conditions prohibiting the use of drugs or alcohol, to undergo drug and alcohol testing to ensure compliance with these conditions.

Introduced: July 2014

The debate has up to 50 minutes remaining.

Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Amendment Bill – first reading

The bill amends the Weathertight Home Resolution Services Act 2006 to remove any doubt about the validity of the criteria, deem certain claims determined as ineligible to be eligible, and to widen the definition of qualifying claimant.

Introduced: February 2015

The debate can last up to two hours.

Radiation Safety Bill – first reading

The bill replaces the Radiation Protection Act 1965 to “provide an enhanced legislative framework for radiation safety that responds effectively to the range of technological, scientific, and organisational changes that have occurred over the last 5 decades” and also enables “ratification of key relevant international instruments.”

Introduced: December 2014

The debate can last up to two hours.

Taxation (Annual Rates for 2015-16, Research and Development, and Remedial Matters) Bill – first reading

The bill is an omnibus bill that significantly amends ten different tax acts,especially in the area of child support.

Introduced: February 2015

The debate can last up to two hours.

 

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2014 election results

March 6th, 2015 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

The Parliamentary Library has published an interesting analysis of the 2014 election results.

A couple of graphs from it:

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Some big changes over time.

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Interesting that the proportion of female electorate MPs is increasing, while decreasing for List MPs. Electorate seats tend to be longer lasting for MPs than list seats, so that is a good thing.

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Parliament actually has a great proportion of Maori as MPs, than the overall population does. It’s good to see the House of Representatives is quite representative.

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Parliament 26 February 2015

February 26th, 2015 at 1:43 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in building a more competitive and productive economy as one of its priorities for this term of Parliament?
  2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What advice has he received on the Health budget for 2015/16?
  3. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received on the latest valuation of the benefit system?
  4. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Finance: Does he have confidence that the New Zealand Superannuation Fund is living up to its commitments to ethical investment as outlined in its Responsible Investment Framework?
  5. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Transport: What work is the Government doing to provide better transport connections between Auckland International Airport and the Greater Auckland area?
  6. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her decision to approve the Whangaruru Partnership School; if so, why?
  7. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Primary Industries: What Government support is available for farmers and growers along most of the East Coast of the South Island since a medium-scale adverse event was declared on 12 February 2015?
  8. DENISE ROCHE to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Should the minimum wage be enough to live on?
  9. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: What rules of engagement, if any, has the Government set for the New Zealand Defence Force personnel operating in Iraq if they come under attack?
  10. TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister for Food Safety: What reports, if any, has she seen regarding food safety issues in kindergartens, play centres and kōhanga reo?
  11. Hon DAMIEN O’CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he have confidence in his department?
  12. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Women: What reports has she received relating to the prevention of family and sexual violence in New Zealand?

National: Five patsies on the economy, benefits, Auckland transport, drought and sexual violence

Labour: Four questions on health budget, charter schools, Iraq and biosecurity

Greens: Two questions on NZ Super Fund and minimum wage

NZ First: One question of food safety

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

Appropriation (2013/14 Confirmation and Validation) Bill – 1st reading

This bill confirms and validates unappropriated expenditure and validates excess net asset holdings for the 2013/14 financial year.

Introduced: December 2014

This bill is not debated.

Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) (Transitional Provisions) Amendment Bill – first reading

The bill amends the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 (the EEZ Act) to overcome unintended effects of Section 162 of by allowing existing petroleum operators who have applied for a marine consent to continue their operations until the application is decided and any subsequent objections or appeals are determined.

Introduced: February 2015

The debate can be up to two hours.

Drug and Alcohol Testing of Community-based Offenders and Bailees Legislation Bill – first reading

The bill amends the Bail Act 2000, the Sentencing Act 2002 and the Parole Act 2002 to enable the Department of Corrections and the New Zealand Police to require community-based offenders and bailees, if they are subject to conditions prohibiting the use of drugs or alcohol, to undergo drug and alcohol testing to ensure compliance with these conditions.

Introduced: July 2014

The debate can be up to two hours.

 

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Parliament 25 February 2015

February 25th, 2015 at 11:43 am by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement “Get some guts and join the right side”?
  2. ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What are the features of the new social investment approach the Government will use in Budget 2015 and in future Budgets?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “We recognise ISIL is not a short-term threat and there is a lot of work to be done in the long-term”; if so, does he accept this means New Zealand’s deployment may last longer than two years and involve more than training?
  4. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What reports has he received about employment growing across New Zealand?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his answers to Oral Question No 4 on Tuesday, 24 February 2015?
  6. TODD MULLER to the Minister for Social Development: What is the Government doing to support older New Zealanders receiving New Zealand superannuation?
  7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he agree with KPMG that banks are warning that the “significant deals done at ridiculous pricing” for New Zealand land and property could spell disaster for them?
  8. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Small Business: What measures has the Government implemented to support small businesses in accessing the Government procurement process?
  9. RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by all his statements?
  10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by the statement made on his behalf last year about his contact with Mr Liu that: “As Prime Minister and the leader of the National Party, Mr Key attends a number of functions up and down the country which are attended by a large number of people. While we don’t have a record of who attends these events, Mr Key recalls seeing Mr Liu at various functions, including a dinner as part of a National Party fundraiser”?
  11. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement “we’re actually going to stand up for human rights…”?
  12. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: What was the “range of price escalation” for the New Zealand International Convention Centre as recorded in advice to the Minister dated 26 February 2014?

National:Four patsies on social investment, employment, NZ superannuation and small businesses

Labour: Five questions on Iraq, Minister of Finance standing by his answers, house prices, Liu donation and Sky City

Greens: Two questions on Iraq and human rights

NZ First: One question on MPI Minister standing by his statements

General Debate 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm

A debate with 12 speeches of up to five minutes.

Local Bills 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm 

Manukau City Council (Regulation of Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill – second reading

The Bill authorises the (now Auckland) Council to make bylaws specifying places in the district where the business of prostitution or commercial sexual services may not occur otherwise than in a brothel or a small owner-operated brothel.

Introduced: August 2010
1st reading: September 2010, passed 82-36 on a personal vote
Select Committee report: The Local Government and Environment Select Committee recommended the bill not be passed on the basis the matters covered are not appropriate for a local bill, and that existing bylaws can be used

A debate of up to two hours.

Members’ Bills 7.30 pm – 10.00 pm

Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave) Amendment Bill – third reading

The bill amend the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987 to extend paid parental leave to from a maximum of 14 to 26 weeks. It is in the name of Labour’s Sue Moroney.

Introduced: April 2012
1st reading: July 2012, passed 61-60 with National and ACT against
Select Committee report: February 2014: no agreement on whether it should proceed or be amended due to 3-3 split between National and Labour MPs
2nd reading: May 2014, passed 61-60 with National and ACT against
Committee of the whole House: December 2014, passed  with a number of amendments by Sue Moroney defeated 60-61 with National and ACT against

A debate of up to two hours.

Register of Pecuniary Interests of Judges Bill – second reading continued

The bill requiring judges to make returns of pecuniary interests to provide greater transparency within the judicial system and to avoid any conflict of interest in the judicial role. It is in the name of Green MP Kennedy Graham.

Introduced: November 2010
1st reading: June 2012, passed without dissent
Select Committee report: February 2014. The Justice and Electoral Select Committee recommended the bill not be passed on the basis that it is not needed

The debate has up to 50 minutes remaining.

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Parliament 24 February 2015

February 24th, 2015 at 12:02 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here and oral questions here.

Ministerial Statement 2.00 pm – 2.30 pm

It is likely that the Government will make a Ministerial statement on military assistance against the Islamic State. If so then the PM speaks for five minutes, followed by the Labour, Green and NZ First leaders for five minutes each and the PM can reply for up to two minutes. By leave, other party leaders may be allowed to speak. Hence the debate will be from 22 to 37 minutes.

Oral Questions 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement with regard to the deployment of troops to the warzone in Iraq that “I don’t think that’s a matter for a Parliamentary vote”?
  2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement “Just passing everything by the barest of majorities isn’t the right way to govern a country”; if so, why?
  3. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on trends in Government revenue and how does this compare with forecasts in the Half-Year Update in December?
  4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What is the additional amount of gross debt that the Crown has taken on since the Government was elected in November 2008?
  5. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  6. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment that a 30 centimetre rise in sea level “may not sound much” but “will be significant at a national level” in New Zealand?
  7. STUART SMITH to the Minister for Social Housing: How will the Ministry of Social Development’s social housing purchasing strategy lead to better outcomes for tenants?
  8. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: What is the level of risk assessed by the New Zealand Defence Force if its personnel are deployed to Iraq and what force protection would be provided for them?
  9. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Small Business: What steps is the Government taking to support growth for small business?
  10. Hon DAMIEN O’CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he consider that cuts the Government has made to biosecurity have contributed to the current fruit fly outbreak?
  11. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What actions is the Government taking to limit the powers of repossession agents?
  12. CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements?

National:Four patsies on government revenue, social housing, small business and repo agents

Labour: Four questions on Iraq (x2), government debt, and biosecurity

Greens: Two questions on Iraq and sea level rise

NZ First: Two questions on PM and MSD Ministers standing by their statements

Government Bills 3.30 pm – 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm

Gambling Amendment Bill (No 2) – third reading continued

The bill amends the Gambling Act 2003 with minor policy and technical amendments

Introduced: August 2007
1st reading: August 2007, passed without dissent
Select Committee report: May 2008 and June 2013
2nd reading: May 2009, passed without dissent
Committee of the House: February 2015. SOPs from the Greens and NZ First were defeated. The bill was amended further and passed 108-11 with only NZ First dissenting

The debate has 40 minutes remaining.

Parole Amendment Bill – third reading continued

The bill amends the Parole Act 2002 to reduce the number of unnecessary parole hearings where the offender has little prospect of release

Introduced: November 2013
1st reading: November 2013, passed 104-15 with Greens, Mana and Horan against
Select Committee report: May 2014: supported with amendments by the majority, with Greens dissenting
2nd reading: November 2014, passed 105-16 with Greens and Maori Party against
Committee of the whole House: February 2015, passed 104-16 with Greens and Maori Party against

The debate has up to 80 minutes remaining.

Objectionable Publications and Indecency Legislation Bill – second reading continued

The bill increases the penalties for producing, trading, or possessing child pornography.

Introduced: May 2013
1st reading: November 2013, passed without dissent
Select Committee report: April 2014, supported unamiously with no amendments

The debate has 70 minutes remaining.

Statutes Amendment Bill (No 4) – second reading

The bill makes minor changes to the local government acts and the Official Information Act.

Introduced: May 2014
1st reading: April 2014, passed without dissent
Select Committee report: July 2014, supported unamiously with amendments

The debate can be up to two hours.

 

Appropriation (2013/14 Confirmation and Validation) Bill – 1st reading

This bill confirms and validates unappropriated expenditure and validates excess net asset holdings for the 2013/14 financial year.

Introduced: December 2014

This bill is not debated.

 

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Parliament 19 February 2015

February 19th, 2015 at 12:20 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here and oral questions here.

Oral Questions 2 pm – 3 pm

    1. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in its programme to get better results from public services?
    2. MAHESH BINDRA to the Minister of Corrections: Was there a Victim Notification Register Alert generated for Phillip Smith at any stage prior to his temporary release from custody in November 2014; if not, why not?
    3. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that he would post a “meaningful surplus” in 2014/15; if so, what approximate dollar figure would constitute a meaningful surplus?
    4. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: Is she planning to undertake another Partnership School application round this year; if so, will any new schools be required to target the same priority learner groups as existing Partnership Schools?
    5. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What progress is the Government making to boost workforce skills?
    6. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she have confidence in the Partnership School’s Authorisation Board; if so, why?
    7. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he think he is competently fulfilling his ministerial responsibilities; if not, why not?
    8. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Small Business: How will the New Zealand Business Number system make it easier for small business to interact with the Government?
    9. CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development: Does she have confidence in the ability of the Ministry of Social Development to exercise financial due diligence?
    10. STEFFAN BROWNING to the Minister for Food Safety: Will she assure consumers that irradiated food labelling requirements will be enforced immediately in light of reports that irradiated fruit is being sold in New Zealand without the appropriate label?
    11. Hon DAMIEN O’CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Was the Government’s decision to cut 100 percent bag screening indicative of the priority the Government places on biosecurity?
    12. NUK KORAKO to the Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: What progress has the Government made on the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial?

National: Four patsies on better public services, workforce skills, small businesses and Canterbury Earthquake Memorial.

Labour: Four questions on the surplus, charter schools, MSD spending and biosecurity

Greens: Two questions on charter schools and irradiated food

NZ First: Two questions on Phillip Smith and Building & Housing

Government Bills 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm

Coroners Amendment Bill – first reading

The bill amends the Coroners Act 2006 to improve the quality, consistency, and timeliness of coronial investigations and decision making and reduce duplication between coroners and other authorities that investigate deaths and accidents. It also clarifies the rules of reporting of suicides or suspected suicides.

  • Introduced: July 2014

The debate is up to two hours.

Gambling Amendment Bill (No 2) – third reading

The bill amends the Gambling Act 2003 with minor policy and technical amendments

Introduced: August 2007
1st reading: August 2007, passed without dissent
Select Committee report: May 2008 and June 2013
2nd reading: May 2009, passed without dissent
Committee of the House: February 2015. SOPs from the Greens and NZ First were defeated. The bill was amended further and passed 108-11 with only NZ First dissenting

The debate can be up to two hours.

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Parliament 18 February 2015

February 18th, 2015 at 12:32 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here and oral questions here.

Oral Questions 2 pm – 3 pm

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the Government is planning to sell state houses to “encourage and develop more diverse ownership of social housing”?
  2. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received about the latest trends in savings levels by New Zealanders?
  3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Associate Minister of Transport: When will the targeted review of the operating mechanisms of the SuperGold Card free off-peak public transport scheme be completed?
  4. TODD MULLER to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What update can he give on competition in the New Zealand electricity market as a result of the Government’s reforms?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “ACC is one of many decisions that add up to whether there is a surplus or not a surplus”; if so, was the decision to reject officials’ advice and keep ACC levies $178 million higher than they need to be a decision made to achieve a surplus?
  6. CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: Does she stand by her statement “You and your charities are core in our life of caring and sharing, and drive our cultural expression and community based development. This investment of time, effort and energy not only helps our country to function, but also contributes to the strength and resilience of our communities, making them better places for us to live.”?
  7. TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Corrections: What announcements has he made regarding the Government’s initiative to roll out Audio Visual Links in our prisons?
  8. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Is the definition of zero-hour contracts in his review of employment standards permanent, part-time employment agreements with no set hours of work?
  9. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for the Environment: Is he confident that the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 is fit for purpose, in light of the Environmental Protection Authority rejecting both the recent ironsands and phosphate seabed mining applications?
  10. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister for Small Business: What initiatives have the Government implemented through the Business Growth Agenda that assist small business?
  11. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Defence: Does he stand by his statement “I’ve made it very clear that we don’t intend to have combat troops in Iraq once you go beyond the wire that’s what you’re involved in”?
  12. DAVID SHEARER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Will New Zealand troops operate under a status of forces agreement if they are deployed to Iraq?

National: Four patsies on savings, electricity reforms, AV links in prisons and small business

Labour: Four questions on state houses, ACC, zero hour contracts and Iraq

Greens: One question Iraq

NZ First: Two questions on Super Gold Card and the community sector

ACT: One question on the EPA rejection of seabed mining applications

Debate on PM’s Statement 3.00 pm – 4.20 pm

The debate has 81 minutes left to run, then there will be a vote of confidence in the Government. The Government needs 61 votes out of 120 to remain in office. It has 63 votes pledged to it in confidence and supply agreements.

Membership and terms of reference of Intelligence and Security Committee debate

The House will vote on a motion to the Attorney-General, the Minister of Justice (nominated by PM) and David Shearer (nominated by Opposition Leader) to join the PM and Opposition Leader on the Intelligence and Security Committee. There will also be a vote on their terms of reference.

There is no set time limit for the debate. The last one in 2012 was around half an hour but the failure of the Opposition Leader to consult on his nomination may result in a longer debate. It is unusual for the Speaker to have a debate continue past two hours.

Government Bills 7.30 pm – 10 pm

Judicature Modernisation Bill – second reading

The bill implements proposals arising from the recommendations of the Law Commission’s review of the Judicature Act 1908 such as judicial appointments, court reporting and electronic operations.

  • Introduced: November 2013
  • 1st reading: December 2013, passed without dissent
  • Select Committee report: June 2014, supported with amendments with a dissent from Labour who want no retirement age for Judges

The debate can be up to two hours.

Objectionable Publications and Indecency Legislation Bill – second reading

The bill increases the penalties for producing, trading, or possessing child pornography.

Introduced: May 2013
1st reading: November 2013, passed without dissent
Select Committee report: April 2014, supported unamiously with no amendments

The debate can be up to two hours.

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Parliament 12 February 2015

February 12th, 2015 at 1:08 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here and oral questions here.

Oral Questions 2 pm – 3 pm

  1. CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received about what progress the Government is making to support more jobs and higher incomes?
  2. RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister for Primary Industries:Does he believe the Primary Growth Partnership provides value for money to taxpayers?
  3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Finance: In light of his comments that a taxpayer bailout is his “least preferred” option, how much is he prepared to spend to save the SkyCity deal?
  4. DENISE ROCHE to the Minister for Economic Development:What advice did officials provide about how much more valuable to SkyCity the TVNZ land sold to it for the siting of a convention centre was, once that land was used as the site of a hotel?
  5. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Sport and Recreation: What benefits does he expect to be delivered by the Government’s support for the Cricket World Cup?
  6. Hon DAMIEN O’CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries:Does he have confidence in his department?
  7. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Housing: What recent commitments has the Government made to improving social housing?
  8. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Defence: Will he assure the House that no New Zealand troops will be engaged in active military combat in Iraq during the term of this Government?
  9. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What are the expected savings per year as a result of the changes to the National Library curriculum topic loan service?
  10. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Communications: What is the current status of the rollout of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband and Rural Broadband initiatives?
  11. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Police: On how many occasions, if any, has he alerted the Prime Minister or his Office to a matter of significant public interest which he has been briefed on by his officials since his appointment?
  12. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Transport: What is the Government doing to support the development of urban cycleways across New Zealand?

National: Five patsies on the jobs, Cricket World Cup, social housing, broadband and cycleways

Labour: Four questions on Sky City, MPI, National Library and Mike Sabin

Greens: Two questions on Sky City and Iraq

NZ First: One question on the Primary Growth Partnership

Debate on PM’s Statement 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm

There are over five hours to go and three hours available today for further speeches.

Bills

It is possible the Government will delay the debate on the PM’s statement to advance legislation. The next bill on the order paper is:

Reserves and Other Lands Disposal Bill – second reading

The bill makes a number of changes to the status of parcels of land, land titles, and previous Reserves and Other Lands Disposal Acts.

  • Introduced: July 2008
  • 1st reading: March 2009, passed 113 to 9 with only Greens opposed
  • Select Committee report: September 2009, supported unanimously with amendments
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Parliament 11 February 2015

February 11th, 2015 at 12:15 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here and oral questions here.

Oral Questions 2 pm – 3 pm

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his promise to New Zealanders that “the construction of the new convention centre will not cost taxpayers or ratepayers a cent”; if not, why not?
  2. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What are the main priorities for the Government’s economic programme in 2015?
  3. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  4. ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What reports has he received on employment growth in New Zealand in the last year?
  5. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development:How much extra money, if any, is the Government prepared to give SkyCity as part of the convention centre deal?
  6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  7. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement “we’re actually going to stand up for human rights…”?
  8. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Police: On what date, if any, was the first of any briefings given by the Commissioner of Police or his staff, to him, his predecessor, the Prime Minister or any of their offices in relation to the reported investigation into Mike Sabin?
  9. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Building and Housing: What progress is the Government making in increasing the pace of new house construction and expanding Government support for first home buyers?
  10. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his statement that the Massey University home affordability index is the “comprehensive” and “neutral” measure?
  11. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on delivering the Government’s Accelerated Regional Roading Programme?
  12. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: Does he stand by his statement this morning that comments about sending troops to Iraq being the price of being part of the club were “unfortunate”?

National: Four patsies on the economy, jobs, housing and roads

Labour: Five questions on Sky City, Mike Sabin, housing and Iraq

Greens: Two questions on PM standing by all his statements (yawn) and human rights

NZ First: One question on PM standing by all his statements (yawn again)

Debate on PM’s Statement 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm

There are just over seven hours to go and five and a half of time available today for further speeches.

Bills

It is possible the Government will delay the debate on the PM’s statement to advance legislation. The next bill on the order paper is:

Energy (Fuels, Levies, and References) Amendment Bill – committee stage

The bill amends the Energy (Fuels, Levies and, and References) Act 1989 (the Act) to provide for the costs of meeting New Zealand’s oil stockholding treaty obligation under the Agreement on an International Energy Program (the Agreement) to be met through a levy on fuel.

  • Introduced: November 2013
  • 1st reading: March 2014, passed 77 to 41 with Labour and NZ First opposed, Greens, Maori, ACT, United in favour
  • Select Committee report: July 2014, supported unanimously with amendments
  • 2nd reading: December 2014, passed 110-11 with NZ First opposed and all other parties in favour
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