Parliament 24 June 2015

June 24th, 2015 at 12:02 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 stand by his statement, in question time yesterday, he would “absolutely” retain confidence in a Minister who authorised a multi-million dollar payment to a disaffected businessman to unlock a free-trade deal?
  2. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he still have confidence in the Minister of Foreign Affairs?
  3. ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing why more housing is needed as part of supporting a growing New Zealand economy?
  4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What advice, if any, did he give to Cabinet on the risks of the Social Bonds Pilot announced on 1 June 2015?
  5. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Māori Development: Does he stand by all his statements?
  6. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Revenue: What recent announcements has the Government made around tax rules on property transactions?
  7. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Did he meet with David Brownrigg and George Assaf in Auckland on 18 October 2011 “to discuss trade between New Zealand and the Middle East and, in particular, the resumption of a specialised live export sheep trade with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” and was that meeting the subject of a letter to him dated 2 November 2011 from Brownrigg Agriculture on behalf of Mr Al Khalaf and Mr George Assaf?
  8. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister for Communications: What recent announcements has she made on a new emergency response system for mobile 111 calls?
  9. FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  10. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister for Māori Development: Why did he tell Radio New Zealand yesterday he did not discuss programming content with Paora Maxwell on 20 May, when Paora Maxwell said in an email to staff on 22 May that “We talked about … content”?
  11. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Small Business: What steps are the Government taking to improve the way we collect data from rural small businesses?
  12. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree with Lancet Commission co-Chair Professor Hugh Montgomery that “climate change is a medical emergency” but “tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century”?

National: Four questions on the economy, property tax rules, 111 calls and small businesses

Labour: Four questions on the Saudi Arabia farm x2, social bonds, and Maori TV

Greens: Two questions on the Saudi Arabia farm and climate change

NZ First: Two questions on Maori Affairs Minister and PM standing by their statements

General Debate 3.00 pm to 3.00 pm

The general debate consists of 12 speeches of up to five minutes each, so a maximum of one hour.

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Parliament 23 June 2015

June 23rd, 2015 at 11:53 am by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Māori Development: Does he stand by all his statements?
  2. CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in helping reduce New Zealand’s external debt position?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister for Building and Housing given that, since he became responsible for housing, the average Auckland house price has risen by $221,000, which works out at over $250 a day?
  4. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers?
  5. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement regarding refugee numbers that “it’s not 750, and I think it’s 3000 or 4000 off the top of my head”?
  6. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Civil Defence: What support is the Government providing to communities affected by the severe storm and flooding event of 18 to 21 June?
  7. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development:Does he stand by his statement on who is responsible for the spending at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment: “Well, the Minister responsible for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is me”?
  8. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Does he support the continued Landcorp conversion from forestry to dairy despite the impact dairy farming has on freshwater quality, and the ongoing loss of forest as a carbon sink?
  9. FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  10. Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister for Communications: Can she provide an update on the build programme for the first stage of the Ultra-Fast Broadband initiative?
  11. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he stand by his statement that “What will improve our health and safety record is changes in behaviour and attitude, and that is what I am promoting”?
  12. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Associate Minister for Social Development: What update can she provide about the Government’s welfare fraud reform initiatives?

National: Four questions on debt, civil defence, UFB and welfare fraud

Labour: Four questions on Auckland house prices, refugee numbers, MBIE spending and health and safety

Greens: Two questions on confidence in Ministers and Landcorp conversion of land

NZ First: Two questions on Minister of Maori Development standing by his statements and PM standing by his statements

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

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

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
  • 1st reading: February 2015, passed 106-13 with Greens against
  • SC report: May 2015, supported without dissent with amendments
  • 2nd reading: June 2015
  • Committee: passed without amendments or dissent

There are 11 speeches of up to 10 minutes remaining for a maximum of 110 minutes.

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
  • 2nd reading: March 2015, passed 77-43, with Labour and NZ First against

There is no time limit for the committee stage. It has two parts so is likely to last for at least two hours.  There is a reasonably extensive SOP from Amy Adams.

Environmental Reporting Bill – committee stage continued

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
  • 2nd reading: May 2015, passed 61 to 60 with Labour, Greens, NZ First and Maori Party opposed

There is no time limit for the committee stage. It has two parts so is likely to last for at least two hours.  There is one SOP from Eugenie Sage.

New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Amendment Bill – committee stage

The bill amends the New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Act 2011 to facilitate the efficient and effective investment of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund by allowing the Guardians to control entities formed for the purpose of holding, facilitating, or managing the investments of the Fund.

  • Introduced: November 2013
  • 1st reading: March 2014, passed unanimously
  • SC report: July 2014, supported with amendments without dissent
  • 2nd reading: May 2015, passed 101-13 with Greens against

There is no time limit for the committee stage. It has two parts so is likely to last for at least two hours.  There are two SOPs from Bill English

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Parliament 17 June 2015

June 17th, 2015 at 12:29 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 stand by his statement “what I can say about the Minister for Housing is that he is outstanding”; if so, what has been outstanding about his roll-out of the Government’s new Auckland housing policy?
  2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by all the Prime Minister’s statements regarding the electricity market; if so, why?
  3. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing that lower interest rates and a pick-up in construction activity are helping to support growth in the economy?
  4. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development:Does the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s expenditure of $140,747.66 on a public information screen show it is achieving one of its principal goals of realising efficiency gains over time?
  5. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received on the Government’s Youth Service?
  6. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Does he stand by his statement that “I can commit to all public services involved with these families taking the steps that they ought to take to prevent as tragic an outcome as a death”?
  7. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Transport: Why has he rejected Auckland City’s transport strategy and its proposals to fund that strategy?
  8. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: What announcements has he made in Budget 2015 that will future-proof New Zealand’s biosecurity system?
  9. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by his statement in regard to the export of swamp kauri, that “we manage it very, very closely”?
  10. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister for Māori Development: When he met with the Chief Executive of Māori Television in May, did he or his office discuss the planned Native Affairs debate on Whānau Ora?
  11. RON MARK to the Minister of Police: Does he believe that the Police are allowed to carry out their duties in a professional manner, and are able to deal with all New Zealanders equally?
  12. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for Senior Citizens: What steps is the Government taking to combat elder abuse?

National: Four questions on economic growth, Government Youth Service, biosecurity and elder abuse.

Labour: Four questions on Auckland housing, MBIE expenditure, Auckland transport and Maori TV.

Greens: Two questions on cold housing and swamp Kauri.

NZ First: Two questions on electricity and Police

Questions to Members

  1. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Chairperson of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee: Does he intend to call for further submissions on the Health and Safety Reform Bill before it is reported back to the House?

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

Appropriation (2014/15 Supplementary Estimates) Bill – second reading

This bill seeks parliamentary authorisation of the individual appropriations and changes contained in The Supplementary Estimates of Appropriations for the Government of New Zealand for the year ending 30 June 2015

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

Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) (Transitional Provisions) Amendment Bill – committee stage

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
  • 1st reading: February 2015, passed 106-13 with Greens against
  • SC report: May 2015, supported without dissent with amendments
  • 2nd reading: June 2015

The committee stage has no set time limit but it is a very small bill, so is unlikely to be much more than an hour.

Environmental Reporting Bill – committee stage continued

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
  • 2nd reading: May 2015, passed 61 to 60 with Labour, Greens, NZ First and Maori Party opposed

There is no time limit for the committee stage. It has two parts so is likely to last for at least two hours.  There is one SOP from Eugenie Sage.

New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Amendment Bill – committee stage

The bill amends the New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Act 2011 to facilitate the efficient and effective investment of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund by allowing the Guardians to control entities formed for the purpose of holding, facilitating, or managing the investments of the Fund.

  • Introduced: November 2013
  • 1st reading: March 2014, passed unanimously
  • SC report: July 2014, supported with amendments without dissent
  • 2nd reading: May 2015, passed 101-13 with Greens against

There is no time limit for the committee stage. It has two parts so is likely to last for at least two hours.  There are two SOPs from Bill English

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Parliament 16 June 2015

June 16th, 2015 at 12:14 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing how New Zealand’s broad-based economic growth is leading most other OECD countries?
  2. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Does he accept the coroner’s finding that the Housing New Zealand home in which Emma-Lita Bourne lived may have contributed to the pneumonia-like illness that Emma-Lita was suffering at the time of her death?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Is he satisfied with his Minister of Building and Housing’s handling of the issue of cold and damp rental properties, in light of his statement that “people dying in winter of pneumonia and other illnesses is not new”?
  4. NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Science and Innovation: How is the Government encouraging the development of innovative new businesses in Canterbury?
  5. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements regarding the Saudi farm deal; if so, why?
  6. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister of Building and Housing; if so, why?
  7. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Building and Housing:How many new houses have been completed at Hobsonville Point and how many more are now planned with the Government announcement to speed up the development?
  8. Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Education: Does she have confidence in the process undertaken by the Te Kohanga Reo National Trust Board to determine whether they acted in a responsible and accountable manner in their oversight of Te Pataka Ohanga?
  9. PITA PARAONE to the Minister for Māori Development: Has he undertaken any discussions or consultation with any other Ministers regarding surplus Crown land in Auckland, which is the subject of potential legal action by Ngāti Whātua and Waikato-Tainui?
  10. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Transport: What updates can he provide on the delivery of the Government’s commitment to provide roading infrastructure to support economic growth?
  11. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What were the names of the “interested Saudi parties” who participated in the evaluation of the tender proposals for the model farm in the Saudi Arabian desert, and how were they related, if at all, to the Al Khalaf Group who received the first $4 million payment referred to in his Cabinet paper dated 13 February 2013?
  12. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree with the finding in the latest Mercer climate investment report that “New Zealand is the most vulnerable of the developed market sovereign bonds, due to a higher proportion of the population living in low-lying areas, as well as a higher dependence of national GDP on the agriculture sector”; if so, has he received any advice or information on the economic impacts of climate change in the last 12 months?

National: Four questions on economic growth, innovation in Canterbury, Auckland housing and roading

Labour: Four questions on cold houses, Minister of Building and Housing confidence, Te Kohanga Reo, and the Saudi Arabia farm.

Greens: Two questions on cold housing and climate change

NZ First: Two questions on the Saudi Arabia farm and Iwi claims over Auckland housing

Government Bills 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Appropriation (2014/15 Supplementary Estimates) Bill – first reading

This bill seeks parliamentary authorisation of the individual appropriations and changes contained in The Supplementary Estimates of Appropriations for the Government of New Zealand for the year ending 30 June 2015

The first reading is not debated.

Tariff (Free Trade Agreement between New Zealand and the Republic of Korea) Amendment Bill – first reading

The bill is to amends the Tariff Act 1988 to enable the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement between New Zealand and the Republic of Korea done at Seoul, Korea.

  • Introduced – June 2015

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

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

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
  • 1st reading: February 2015, passed 106-13 with Greens against
  • SC report: May 2015, supported without dissent with amendments

The debate has speeches of up to 10 minutes for a maximum of 70 minutes

Social Assistance (Portability to Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokelau) Bill – committee stage

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
  • 2nd reading: May 2015, passed unanimously

There is no time limit for the committee stage. As it is a simple bill with broad support it should not take much time. There is one SOP from Winston Peters.

Environmental Reporting Bill – committee stage

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
  • 2nd reading: May 2015, passed 61 to 60 with Labour, Greens, NZ First and Maori Party opposed

There is no time limit for the committee stage. It has two parts so is likely to last for at least two hours.  There is one SOP from Eugenie Sage.

 

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Parliament 4 June 2015

June 4th, 2015 at 11:54 am by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Climate Change Issues:Does she agree that local authorities will face greater adaptation costs and find it more expensive to protect infrastructure and property as the climate changes; if not, why not?
  2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What recent reports has he received this year on access to rural health services?
  3. ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: As part of the Government’s wider economic plan, how will Budget 2015 help families and businesses in New Zealand’s regions?
  4. PITA PARAONE to the Minister for Māori Development: Does he stand by his statement, “Ngāti Whātua has offered up a number of options to the Crown and we expect the Crown to deal with them in good faith”?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Did he promise to spend $1 billion on education and $1 billion on health from the Future Investment Fund; if so, is there enough money not yet committed in the Future Investment Fund to keep his promise?
  6. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Social Development: How will Budget 2015 help the Government meet its Better Public Services target to reduce the number of people on benefits?
  7. DENISE ROCHE to the Minister of Immigration: Will he increase New Zealand’s annual refugee quota from the current 750; if not, why not?
  8. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Transport: What update can he give on the Government’s Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance?
  9. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Can he confirm he intends to redesignate land held for transport and education as “land that is held for state housing purposes” so that under section 136 of the Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau Collective Redress Act 2014 he can circumvent the right of iwi to first right of refusal under treaty settlements?
  10. CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Does he stand by all his statements regarding the Fire Service?
  11. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Education: What recent appointments has she made that will support quality teaching and leadership to deliver high-quality education for New Zealand children?
  12. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Primary Industries: Is the Customs Export Prohibition (Livestock for Slaughter) Order 2013 still in force and how does it differ, other than as to dates, from the Customs Export Prohibition (Livestock for Slaughter) Order 2010 and the Customs Export Prohibition (Livestock for Slaughter) Order 2007?

National: Four questions on Budget 2015 x 2, Puhoi to Wellsford Road and EDUCANZ

Labour: Four questions on rural health, Future Investment Fund, Auckland housing and the Saudi Arabia farm.

Greens: Two questions on climate change and refugees

NZ First: Two questions on Auckland housing and the Fire Service

Government Notice of Motion 3.00 pm to 4.10 pm

 

Hon Bill English to move, That, pursuant to section 161(2) of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1989, the House ratify the funding agreement entered into by the Minister of Finance and the Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand pursuant to section 159 of that Act on 26 May 2015 and presented to the House on 3 June 2015.

Each party gets one speech of up to 10 minutes, so a total debate of up to 70 minutes

Government Bills 4.10 pm to 6.00 pm

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Members’ Bills Ballot 4 June 2015

June 4th, 2015 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

As a members’ bill was passed last night, there will be a ballot today for a new bill to be introduced. The draw is at midday.

Below are the bills in the ballot currently. I’ll update after midday with the winner.

Bill Title Member Name
1 Affordable Healthcare Bill Barbara Stewart
2 Age of Majority (Attainment at 18 Years) Amendment Bill Brett Hudson
3 Better Public Service Target Results Independent Audit Bill Tracey Martin
4 Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration (Preventing Name Change by Child Sex Offenders) Amendment Bill Dr Jian Yang
5 Buy New Zealand (Procurement) Bill Richard Prosser
6 Care of Children (Adoption and Surrogacy Law Reform) Amendment Bill Kevin Hague
7 Charter Schools (Application of Official Information and Ombudsmen Acts) Bill Hon Nanaia Mahuta
8 Child Poverty Reduction and Eradication Bill Jacinda Ardern
9 Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Parent’s and Guardian’s Responsibility) Amendment Bill Barbara Kuriger
10 Climate Change (Divestment from Fossil Fuels) Bill Dr Russel Norman
11 Climate Change Response (National Emissions Reduction) Amendment Bill Julie Anne Genter
12 Commerce (Supermarket Adjudicator and Code of Conduct) Amendment Bill Steffan Browning
13 Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance (Break Fees Disclosure) Amendment Bill Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi
14 Crimes (Corporate Manslaughter) Amendment Bill Andrew Little
15 Crimes (Non-fatal Strangulation) Amendment Bill Kelvin Davis
16 Criminal Procedure (Removing Paedophile Name Suppression) Amendment Bill Pita Paraone
17 Crown Minerals (Protection of World Heritage Sites) Amendment Bill Hon Ruth Dyson
18 Customs and Excise (Prohibition of Imports Made by Slave Labour) Amendment Bill Peeni Henare
19 Domestic Violence—Victims’ Protection Bill Jan Logie
20 Education (Charter Schools Abolition) Amendment Bill Chris Hipkins
21 Education (Charter Schools Curriculum) Amendment Bill Hon Phil Goff
22 Education (Charter Schools Teacher Quality) Amendment Bill Louisa Wall
23 Education (Public Good not Profit from Charter Schools) Amendment Bill Dr David Clark
24 Education (Restoration of Democracy to University Councils) Amendment Bill Hon David Cunliffe
25 Electricity Industry (Energy Efficiency) Amendment Bill Rino Tirikatene
26 Electricity Industry (Small-Scale Renewable Distributed Generation) Amendment Bill Gareth Hughes
27 Electricity Transparency Bill David Shearer
28 Employment Relations (Allowing Higher Earners to Contract Out of Personal Grievance Provisions) Amendment Bill Scott Simpson
29 Employment Relations (Certainty at Work) Amendment Bill Iain Lees-Galloway
30 Employment Relations (Restoring Kiwis’ Right to a Break at Work) Amendment Bill Jenny Salesa
31 Employment Relations (Safe and Healthy Workplaces) Amendment Bill Alastair Scott
32 Energy Efficiency and Conservation (Warm Healthy Rentals Warrant of Fitness) Amendment Bill Metiria Turei
33 Environment Canterbury (Democracy Restoration) Amendment Bill Dr Megan Woods
34 Equal Pay Amendment Bill Mojo Mathers
35 Family Proceedings (Paternity Orders and Parentage Tests) Amendment Bill Jacqui Dean
36 Financial Assistance for Live Organ Donors Bill Chris Bishop
37 Independent Prison Inspectorate Bill David Clendon
38 International Non-Aggression and the Lawful Use of Force Bill Dr Kennedy Graham
39 Keep Kiwibank Bill Hon Clayton Cosgrove
40 Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Establishment Bill Eugenie Sage
41 Kiwi Jobs Bill Hon Damien O’Connor
42 Land Transfer (Foreign Ownership of Land Register) Amendment Bill Mahesh Bindra
43 Life Jackets for Children and Young Persons Bill Alfred Ngaro
44 Local Government (Four Well-beings) Amendment Bill Su’a William Sio
45 Local Government (Freedom of Access) Amendment Bill Paul Foster-Bell
46 Local Government Act 2002 (Greater Local Democracy) Amendment Bill Stuart Nash
47 Marriage (Court Consent to Marriage of Minors) Amendment Bill Joanne Hayes
48 Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment Bill Hon David Parker
49 New Zealand Public Health and Disability (Change of Electoral System for District Health Boards) Amendment Bill Simon O’Connor
50 New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income (Pro Rata Entitlement) Amendment Bill Denis O’Rourke
51 Nurse Practitioners Bill Hon Annette King
52 Oaths and Declarations (Endorsing the Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi) Amendment Bill Marama Fox
53 Oaths and Declarations (Members of Parliament) Amendment Bill Meka Whaitiri
54 Official Information (Parliamentary Under-Secretaries) Amendment Bill Adrian Rurawhe
55 Overseas Investment (Protection of New Zealand Homebuyers) Amendment Bill Phil Twyford
56 Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave and Work Contact Hours) Amendment Bill Sue Moroney
57 Private International Law (Choice of Law in Tort) Bill David Bennett
58 Public Collections and Solicitations (Disclosure of Payment) Bill Matt Doocey
59 Public Finance (Sustainable Development Indicators) Amendment Bill James Shaw
60 Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill Catherine Delahunty
61 Radiocommunications (Enhanced Public Broadcasting Provision) Amendment Bill Kris Faafoi
62 Receiverships (Agricultural Debt Mediation) Amendment Bill Ron Mark
63 Sentencing (Domestic Violence) Amendment Bill Poto Williams
64 Sentencing (Livestock Rustling) Amendment Bill Ian McKelvie
65 Shop Trading Hours Act Repeal (Shopping Centre Opening Hours) Amendment Bill Hon Trevor Mallard
66 Social Security (Apprenticeship Assistance for Youth) Amendment Bill Grant Robertson
67 Social Security (Pathway to Work) Amendment Bill Carmel Sepuloni
68 Social Security (Stopping Benefit Payments for Offenders who Repeatedly Fail to Comply with Community Sentences) Amendment Bill Mark Mitchell
69 Summary Offences (Drink or Drugs Affecting Behaviour) Amendment Bill Clayton Mitchell
70 Summary Proceedings (Warrant for Detention Conditions) Amendment Bill Jonathan Young
71 Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Amendment Bill Clare Curran
72 Vulnerable Children (Mandatory Social Worker Registration) Amendment Bill Darroch Ball
73 Waitemata Harbour Protection Bill Rt Hon Winston Peters
74 Waste Minimisation (Television Product Stewardship) Amendment Bill Denise Roche

The bills by party (Ministers excluded) are:

  • National – 17/34
  • Labour – 32/32
  • Greens – 14/14
  • NZ First -10/12
  • Maori – 1/1
  • ACT – 0/1

Only half the National backbench have a bill in the ballot. That’s pretty slack.

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The 2nd floor doors

June 3rd, 2015 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

The skirmishing over a set of doors between Labour and National MPs’ offices has broken out again with each blaming the other for the dividing wall across what had become known as Parliament’s “demilitarised zone”.

With work on the doorway due to start soon, National backbencher Judith Collins on Tuesday tweeted: “Sad that@nzlabour has insisted on $50k doors between Lab & Nat MPs on Parlt’s 2nd floor.”

But Labour senior whip Chris Hipkins denied “insisting” on the doors, saying it was part of the original agreement between the two parties.

And a spokeswoman for Parliamentary Service said that while the actual cost of the door was not yet known, “it would almost certainly be less than $50,000”. 

The double doors bring to an end a detente originally hammered out between Collins and Labour’s Annette King after the election when Labour’s shrinking caucus forced a shared area in the old Parliament Buildings.

Under the deal the two sides agreed to use lifts, toilets, a kitchen and staircases “behind enemy lines”, on the understanding that no-one strayed into each other’s offices without permission.

Hipkins said that agreement was only temporary and the doors were Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee’s idea, which he proposed when the offices were divvied up.

“If Judith would like to give up her office … we would be more than happy to take it back. But the doors were put in so that Judith could get the office she wanted in the corner,” Hipkins said.

 

National and Labour MPs are sharing a floor, because Labour has so few MPs they no longer covered the whole floor. All you need is an agreement that you respect each other’s offices and don’y go wondering in without permission.

The National MPs on that floor have said that they are fine with that approach.

It is Labour which has insisted on putting the doors in. They have been asked many times to drop the demand, but they refuse. So the result is up to $50,000 being spent on a new set of doors.

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Parliament 3 June 2015

June 3rd, 2015 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: When he said that part of the reason for paying $4 million of taxpayer money to a Saudi business was “wanting to resolve the issues that were holding back the Gulf States free-trade agreement”; what were those issues and why did he think paying Hamood Al Ali Al Khalaf’s company $4 million would help resolve them?
  2. STUART SMITH to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government’s economic plan continuing to support the most vulnerable New Zealanders while at the same time encouraging economic growth?
  3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Senior Citizens:When can my office expect a response to the letter sent to her on 27 May 2015 regarding SuperGold Card concessions?
  4. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Did he consult Auckland iwi on his plan to use vacant Government-owned land for private housing developments before he made the announcement on 21 May?
  5. Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Science and Innovation: How does Budget 2015 support research and innovation in regional areas?
  6. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his answer to a supplementary question yesterday about carbon emissions that “A target of a 40 percent reduction on 1990 levels would be disastrous for the New Zealand economy”?
  7. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement that national standards data has been “remarkably consistent”; if so, why?
  8. DENIS O’ROURKE to the Minister of Transport: Does he intend to fully implement the Ten Year Turnaround Plan for KiwiRail announced by Hon Steven Joyce in 2010, to get rail working for all New Zealand, to have all modes of transport working to complement each other, and priced appropriately so importers and exporters have clear choices?
  9. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Local Government: What progress is being made by the Government’s Rules Reduction Taskforce?
  10. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Does the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s expenditure of $43,000 on a sign show it is achieving one of its principal goals of realising efficiency gains over time?
  11. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Acting Attorney-General: Will the terms of reference of the New Zealand security and intelligence review be amended to reflect the views of other legislatures, which are protecting civil liberties, including the United States Congress, which yesterday passed the Freedom Act to end mass collection of American phone records?
  12. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What recent announcements has he made in regard to New Zealand’s Fire Services?

National: Four questions on the economy, Budget 2015, the Rules Reduction Taskforce and NZ Fire Service

Labour: Four questions on the Saudi Arabia farm, Auckland housing, national standards and the MBIE sign

Greens: Two questions on climate change and spying

NZ First: Two questions on SuperGold Card and KiwiRail

General Debate 3.00 pm to 3.00 pm

The general debate consists of 12 speeches of up to five minutes each, so a maximum of one hour.

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Parliament 2 June 2015

June 2nd, 2015 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received about the economy’s performance in the lead-up to the Budget last month?
  2. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Did he approve of Minister McCully’s dealings with the Saudi Arabian businessman Hamood Al Ali Al Khalaf?
  4. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: How will social bonds help deliver better health outcomes?
  5. JAN LOGIE to the Minister of Health: Can he guarantee no NGO that embarks on a social bond contract, in order to assist people with the most complex mental health needs into work, will go under as a result of not meeting agreed targets; if not, why not?
  6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What advice, if any, did he receive on the “Better Public Services Seed Funding: Social Bonds Pilots”?
  7. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in the House last week that because New Zealand Superannuation costs are currently less than 5 percent of GDP, and are forecast to rise to 8 percent of GDP by 2060, this represents a responsible path for overall Government spending?
  8. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Building and Housing: What response has he received from Auckland Council and housing companies to the Auckland Crown land programme launched on Friday?
  9. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement in Budget 2014 “the share sale proceeds saw $4.7 billion go to the Future Investment Fund and we said we would spend $1 billion of that on schools, and a further $1 billion on health”; if so, as at Budget 2015 how much has been allocated to health and education from the Future Investment Fund?
  10. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Transport: How is the Government supporting the delivery of its Transport priorities?
  11. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements with regard to Northland?
  12. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement that “the Government is fully funding the delivery of the school curriculum”?

National: Four questions on the economy, social bonds, Auckland housing and transport.

Labour: Four questions on the Saudi Arabia farm, social bonds, asset sales and school funding

Greens: Two questions on does PM stand by all his statements and social bonds

NZ First: One question on Northland

ACT: One question on superannuation costs

Budget Debate 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm

The Budget debate has one hours and 54 minutes remaining of the 15 hours allocated. They should get through 5.5 hours today. Each remaining MP can speak for up to 10 minutes, and the Minister of Finance has a final 10 minute right of reply.

Technically it is the second reading of the Appropriation (2015/16 Estimates) Bill.

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Ejections from House at record low

May 28th, 2015 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

As I blogged earlier, Winston was complaining that opposition MPs have been getting thrown out of the House more than Government MPs, and somehow blamed the Speaker for this. In fact half of the 31 evictions have been him and Trevor Mallard, and most of the remaining 15 were National MPs. So we know once again Winston was speaking crap.

I’ve now got data for all ejections from 1999 onwards. What is amazing is how few ejections have occurred, compared to the past. Here’s the data:

  • 1999 – 21
  • 2000 – 31
  • 2001 – 14
  • 2002 – 21
  • 2003 – 54
  • 2004 – 33
  • 2005 – 32
  • 2006 – 41
  • 2007 – 31
  • 2008 – 10
  • 2009 – 2
  • 2010 – 4
  • 2011 – 4
  • 2012 – 6
  • 2013 – 4
  • 2014 – 8
  • 2015 – 2

So Speakers are ejecting far far fewer MPs than in the past. Here’s the total per Speaker, and average per year from 1999 on.

  • Doug Kidd – 21, 21/year
  • Jonathan Hunt – 153, 29/year
  • Margaret Wilson – 109, 29/year
  • Lockwood Smith – 17, 4/year
  • David Carter – 14, 6/year

And the proportions for each Speaker

  • Doug Kidd – 57% Labour, 24% NZ First, 14% National
  • Jonathan Hunt – 34% National, 34% Labour, 17% ACT, 11% NZ First
  • Margaret Wilson – 63% National, 20% Labour, 9% ACT
  • Lockwood Smith – 41% Labour, 35% National, 18% NZ First
  • David Carter – 50% Labour, 21% National, 21% NZ First

And since 1999, who has been ejected the most?

  1. Trevor Mallard 26
  2. Nick Smith 25
  3. Winston Peters 23
  4. Rodney Hide 23
  5. Gerry Brownlee 17
  6. Chris Carter 13
  7. Tau Henare 13
  8. Phil Heatley 10
  9. Bill English 9
  10. Ron Mark 9
  11. David Cunliffe 6
  12. Dover Samuels 6
  13. Wayne Mapp 6
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Parliament 28 May 2015

May 28th, 2015 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development:Does she stand by her statement that “this Government is working with a number of service providers to make sure that those clients of Relationships Aotearoa are well looked after”?
  2. NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Finance: How does Budget 2015 continue the Government’s plan to deliver better public services?
  3. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Has a full and final settlement been reached with Mr Al Khalaf; if so, what is the total cost to taxpayers?
  4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Did he seek advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about whether, using the multimillion dollar payment for the benefit of Hamood Al Ali Al Khalaf – a Saudi Arabian businessman to cause the Saudi Arabian officials to advance the GCC FTA which had stalled, breached the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions?
  5. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Communications: How does Budget 2015 continue the Government’s commitment to the Ultra-Fast Broadband programme?
  6. CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What is the status of the Health and Safety Reform Bill, and what feedback has he received on it?
  7. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Associate Minister for Primary Industries: What recent Government initiatives encourage the planting of forests in New Zealand’s regions?
  8. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all the spending commitments made in Budget 2015?
  9. TODD BARCLAY to the Minister of Corrections: What announcements has he made regarding the roll-out of new stab-proof vests to Corrections officers?
  10. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: What action, if any, is she going to take to prevent Maui’s dolphin going extinct by 2029 given new research showing the population has declined from an estimated 55 adult dolphins to an estimated 43 to 47 adult Maui’s dolphins?
  11. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he agree with the Prime Minister who said yesterday that the Health and Safety Reform Bill needs more work because “despite what we might say there isn’t great divisions, there are just interest in making sure we get it right”?
  12. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Conservation: How does Budget 2015 help to secure the future of the kiwi?

National: Five patsies on Budget 2015 x3, forests, and stab-proof vests

Labour: Four questions on Relationships Aotearoa, the Saudi Arabia farm, Budget 2015 and Health & Safety

Greens: Two questions on the Saudi Arabia farm and Maui’s dolphin

NZ First: One question on Health & Safety

Budget Debate 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm

The Budget debate has 5 hours and one minutes remaining of the 15 hours allocated. They should get through 5.5 hours today. Each remaining MP can speak for up to 10 minutes, and the Minister of Finance has a final 10 minute right of reply.

Technically it is the second reading of the Appropriation (2015/16 Estimates) Bill.

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The ejection list

May 28th, 2015 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Winston Peters has compiled a list of MPs that have been ejected from the House since 2008. He thinks that the fact twice as many opposition MPs get booted as government MPs is the fault of the Speaker. This is nonsense – it is the fault of the MPs.

Opposition MPs often try to get booted out, as a way to get publicity. I bet if you look at the 2000 – 2008 period you’ll also find more opposition MPs were booted.

Anyway which MPs have been ejected since 2008, and how often. They are:

  • Trevor Mallard 10
  • Winston Peters 6
  • Tau Henare 3
  • Jonathan Coleman 2
  • Chris Hipkins 2
  • Paul Quinn 1
  • Phil Heatley 1
  • Clare Curran 1
  • Hone Harawira 1
  • Bill English 1
  • David Parker 1
  • Metiria Turei 1
  • Steven Joyce 1
  • Grant Robertson 1

The real data is that of the 32 ejections, half have been Mallard or Peters. Peters was not even in Parliament for three of those years. Blaming the Speaker for Mallard and Peters continually getting ejected is like blaming the victim of an assault for being assaulted.

If you exclude the two MPs who regularly deliberately try and get ejected as a publicity stunt, then there have been 16 ejections in six and a half years.  Nine have been National MPs, five have been Labour MPs and one Green MP and one Mana MP.

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Parliament 27 May 2015

May 27th, 2015 at 12:16 pm by David Farrar

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she agree with the Minister of Finance when he said of the delivery of social services, “There is no evidence at all that contracting out, as the member calls it, will reduce service provision.”?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister for Building and Housing, given that the Minister is considering building houses in Auckland on the site of an electrical substation?
  3. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Finance: How does Budget 2015 continue the Government’s plan to manage spending and start paying down debt?
  4. MARAMA FOX to the Minister of Local Government: What advice has she received through report back from officials in March this year about Māori participation in local government processes, and what consideration, if any, has been given by her as a result of that advice?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement, “we would expect to be able to continue to expand the use of user charges”; if so, what further user charges will he introduce?
  6. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Education: How is the Government assisting New Zealand students who need the most support?
  7. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: How much smaller in percentage terms is the floor area of the main exhibition hall at the New Zealand International Convention Centre announced yesterday when compared to the 10,000 square metre exhibition space heralded in 2011 when SkyCity became the Government’s preferred development partner; and how many fewer exhibitors does such a reduction represent in a “world-class convention centre”?
  8. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What action is the Government taking to improve the quality of financial advice?
  9. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Who was paid the first $4 million in respect of the multimillion dollar payments to Saudi Arabian interests referred to in the Cabinet paper of 13 February 2013 he tabled yesterday, and how was the value calculated and split between “intellectual property which the Saudi investor brings to the platform, the services and in-market networks he will contribute” and “the settlement of the long-running dispute”?
  11. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Land Information: What work is she aware of that has been completed to safeguard New Zealand’s historic aerial photo collection?
  12. BARBARA STEWART to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he believe Hong Kong-based He Run International Investment’s plan to build a dairy factory in Otorohanga will benefit the Waikato and wider New Zealand dairy industry; if so, why?

National: Four patsies on Budget 2015, NZ student support, financial advice and historic aerial photos

Labour: Four questions on Auckland housing, user charges, Sky City and the Saudi Arabia farm

Greens: One question on PM standing by his statements

NZ First: Two question on social services contracting and foreign investment

Maori Party: One question on Maori participation in local government

Budget Debate 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm

The Budget debate has 7 hours and 47 minutes remaining of the 15 hours allocated. They should get through 5.5 hours today. Each remaining MP can speak for up to 10 minutes, and the Minister of Finance has a final 10 minute right of reply.

Technically it is the second reading of the Appropriation (2015/16 Estimates) Bill.

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Parliament 26 May 2015

May 26th, 2015 at 1:00 pm 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 all his statements?
  2. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Finance: How does Budget 2015 continue the Government’s plan to manage the public finances while supporting the most vulnerable?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Why has he reneged on his commitment made in 2011 that “the $1,000 kick-start for new KiwiSaver members will remain as it is now” by removing the kick-start in this year’s Budget, and did he renege on any other commitments in the Budget?
  4. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Primary Industries:How will Budget 2015 help develop more water storage and irrigation projects?
  5. RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with National Party finance spokesperson Bill English, “We don’t believe in new and more taxes. We think we can manage with the tax revenue we have”?
  7. TODD MULLER to the Minister for Social Development: How does Budget 2015 help parents who receive a benefit?
  8. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: How many of the 900 ewes that flew to Saudi Arabia on Singapore Airlines in October 2014 at the taxpayers’ expense are still alive?
  9. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by his statement that the 500 hectares of surplus Crown land he has identified “has already been zoned as residential, but with no existing buildings or tenants to manage – meaning houses will be able to be brought to market faster”?
  10. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Health: What progress has been made towards achieving the Government’s national health target?
  11. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: Does the New Zealand Defence Force training of Iraqi Army troops include giving them the will to fight?
  12. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Building and Housing: What progress has the Government made in increasing the supply of housing in Christchurch and what lessons can be learnt in addressing Auckland’s issues?

National: Five patsies on Budget 2015 x3, health targets and housing in Christchurch

Labour: Four questions on KiwiSaver, taxes, Auckland housing land and Iraq

Greens: Two questions on PM standing by his statements and ewes to Saudia Arabia

NZ First: One question on PM standing by his statements

Budget Debate 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm

The Budget debate has 13 hours and 13 minutes remaining of the 15 hours allocated. They should get through 5.5 hours today. Each remaining MP can speak for up to 10 minutes, and the Minister of Finance has a final 10 minute right of reply.

Technically it is the second reading of the Appropriation (2015/16 Estimates) Bill.

 

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Parliament 23 May 2015

May 23rd, 2015 at 11:10 am by David Farrar

The House remains urgency and is sitting from 9 am to 1 pm, 2 pm to 6 pm and 7 pm to midnight until the following bills are dealt with.

The KiwiSaver Budget Measures Bill proposes to remove the $1,000 KiwiSaver kick-start contribution paid to all new enrollees in the KiwiSaver scheme, effective from 2 pm on 21 May 2015.

The Border Processing (Arrivals and Departures) Levy Bill amends the Biosecurity Act 1993 and the Customs and Excise Act 1996 to introduce levies to fund the direct and indirect costs of activities carried out by the Ministry for Primary Industries and the New Zealand Customs Service relating to the processing of people arriving in and departing from New Zealand.

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Parliament 22 May 2015

May 22nd, 2015 at 9:27 am by David Farrar

The House is is urgency and is sitting from 9 am to 1 pm, 2 pm to 6 pm and 7 pm to midnight until the following bills are dealt with. It can sit on Saturday also.

The Social Housing Reform (Flexible Purchasing and Remedial Matters) Bill amends the Housing Restructuring and Tenancy Matters Act 1992 to allow the social housing agency (currently the Ministry of Social Development) to enter into more flexible and innovative purchasing arrangements for social housing.

The key purpose of Telecommunications (Development Levy) Amendment Bill is to make additional funding available, through the telecommunications development levy applied to the telecommunications industry, for the Government’s policy of extending the Rural Broadband Initiative and establishing a Mobile Black Spots Fund.

The KiwiSaver Budget Measures Bill proposes to remove the $1,000 KiwiSaver kick-start contribution paid to all new enrollees in the KiwiSaver scheme, effective from 2 pm on 21 May 2015.

The Border Processing (Arrivals and Departures) Levy Bill amends the Biosecurity Act 1993 and the Customs and Excise Act 1996 to introduce levies to fund the direct and indirect costs of activities carried out by the Ministry for Primary Industries and the New Zealand Customs Service relating to the processing of people arriving in and departing from New Zealand.

Support for Children in Hardship Bill is an omnibus Bill introduced under Standing Order 263(a). The Bill strengthens work expectations and increases assistance for parents on a benefit and who have dependent children from 1 April 2016.

To date the Support for Children in Hardship Bill has completed its first reading (109 to 12 – NZ First against) and been referred to the Social Services Committee

The Social Housing Reform (Flexible Purchasing and Remedial Matters) Bill has had its first and second readings (both 63 to 58 with Labour, Greens, NZ First against) and is now at committee stage.

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Parliament 21 May 2015

May 21st, 2015 at 12:15 pm by David Farrar

The Budget will be delivered by the Minister of Finance at 2.00 pm.

After his speech, there will be a 15 hour debate where party leaders (six or more MP parties) get 20 minutes each and all other MPs 10 minutes.

The Government has indicated it will go into urgency at some stage, to debate Budget related legislation.

There is no question time.

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Parliament 20 May 2015

May 20th, 2015 at 12:10 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 stand by his statement in his Budget speech last year, “we are in surplus”?
  2. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: How will the Government’s responsible fiscal management support better public services for New Zealanders in Budget 2015?
  4. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What plans does the Government have in the Budget tomorrow to get the 146,000 officially unemployed New Zealanders, as measured by the Labour Market Statistics, into work?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does his Budget 2015 speech include the statement, “there will be a small surplus this year and increasing surpluses forecast over time”?
  6. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Defence: What is the Government doing to engage the New Zealand public on the future of the Defence Force?
  7. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “the surplus target is important”?
  8. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement in December last year in relation to child poverty that the Government is “working on a comprehensive plan” and it is “shaping up to be a really big piece of work”; if so, will that big piece of work be in Budget 2015?
  9. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What research is the Government undertaking to strengthen the forestry sector?
  10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Trade: Does he stand by his description, during the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, of the Canadian dairy industry as belonging “in the former Soviet Union”?
  11. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What has the Government done to protect the site of one of the most significant battles in the New Zealand Wars?
  12. CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister of Transport: What is the Government doing about the Tauranga Central Corridor?

National: Four patsies on Budget 2015, NZ Defence Force, forestry and the New Zealand Wars

Labour: Four questions on surplus x 2, child poverty and TPP

Greens: Two questions on PM standing by his statements and surplus

NZ First: Two questions on unemployment and Tauranga Central Corridor

General Debate 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm

The general debate has 12 speeches of up to five minutes each, so a maximum debate of one hour.

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

Radio New Zealand Amendment Bill – second reading

The bill amends the Radio New Zealand Act 1995 to implement a new Radio New Zealand Charter

  • Introduced: June 2009
  • 1st reading: June 2009, passed unanimously
  • SC report: December 2009, supported without amendments with a minority report from Labour

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

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Parliament 19 May 2015

May 19th, 2015 at 12:25 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: How will Budget 2015 progress the Government’s commitment to manage the Government’s finances, while delivering better public services?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that there is no housing crisis in Auckland in light of the fact the average Auckland house price has risen by $100,000 in the past year and the Reserve Bank says this is “increasing the risk of financial instability”?
  3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “we believe the strong underlying economy and responsible fiscal management can deliver a surplus when the final Government accounts are published next October”?
  5. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for ACC: What indicative reductions to ACC levies are signalled in Budget 2015?
  6. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  7. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development:How much in real terms has Government funding for Relationships Aotearoa changed since 2008?
  8. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister for Economic Development: What progress is the Government making in developing New Zealand’s ICT sector?
  9. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What is the range of potential costs to the Government resulting from New Zealand’s current forecast for increasing net greenhouse gas emissions for the period 2021-2030, as reported in the Treasury’s climate change briefing dated 6 October 2014?
  10. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Building and Housing: What changes is the Government proposing to ensure New Zealand is more resilient to the significant risks we face from earthquakes?
  11. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  12. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement that “it’s a priority for this term of Government that all New Zealanders benefit from the growing economy with a focus on children who are living in hardship”?

National: Four patsies on Budget 2015, ACC levies, ICT and earthquakes

Labour: Four questions on Auckland housing, surplus, Relationships Aotearoa and child poverty

Greens: Two questions on Pm standing by his statements and climate change

NZ First: Two questions, both being does the PM stand by all his statements

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

Environmental Reporting Bill – second reading continued

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 4 speeches remaining of up to 10 minutes, so a maximum debate of 40 minutes.

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

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

Standards and Accreditation Bill – second reading

The bill amends and consolidates the law relating to standards and conformity assessment bodies “to ensure the New Zealand Standards and conformance system is viable, well-functioning, and meets the needs of business, regulators, and consumers into the foreseeable future.”

  • Introduced: July 2014
  • 1st reading: November 2014, passed unanimously
  • SC report: March 2015, supported with amendments with a minority report from Labour

Radio New Zealand Amendment Bill – second reading

The bill amends the Radio New Zealand Act 1995 to implement a new Radio New Zealand Charter

  • Introduced: June 2009
  • 1st reading: June 2009, passed unanimously
  • SC report: December 2009, supported without amendments with a minority report from Labour
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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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