Four bills were drawn from the ballot yesterday. They are:
Local Government Act 2002 (Greater Local Democracy) Amendment Bill – Labour MP Stuart Nash
This bill would mean any poll on amalgamations of local government will be unsuccessful unless it gains not just a majority over the affected area, but also a majority in each and every district within.
Public Collections and Solicitations (Disclosure of Payment) Bill – National MP Matt Doocey
This would require people soliciting donations, signatures or the like to disclose whether they are paid collectors.
Financial Assistance for Live Organ Donors Bill – National MP Chris Bishop
This would allow people who can not work due to having donated organs, to get income assistance equivalent to ACC (80% of lost earnings) for a maximum of 12 weeks, compared to the current sickness benefit only.
New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income (Pro Rata Entitlement) Amendment Bill – NZ First MP Denis O’Rourke.
This would reduce the level of NZ Superannuation on a pro-rata basis to people who have not been or remained in NZ between the ages of 20 and 65.
My thoughts on each are:
- Nash bill – just seeks to reverse a law change from a few years ago. Would vote against at first reading
- Doocey bill – a useful concept and enhanced transparency is good but current wording may be too draconian. Support at first reading, and review after select committee
- Bishop bill – strongly support
- O’Rourke bill – is worth having a debate on the issue, and the principle of less NZ Super for those who spent less time in NZ is not a bad one. But don’t want to punish people for doing their OE for a few years. Worth supporting at first reading to get submissions