Parliament 6 May 2015

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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