Parliament 23 June 2015

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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