Parliament 8 September 2015

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Why did he say “Plan A is a good plan” given the state of regional economies?
  2. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Immigration: Does he stand by his statement to this House in June of this year that “The Government still has an open mind on that quota number”?
  3. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received highlighting the resilience of the New Zealand economy?
  4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement on 29 July that core Crown health expenditure covers “most, but not all, inflationary pressures”; and what impact has this shortfall had on patients?
  5. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What new investment is the Government making in “high quality” research?
  6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by all his statements?
  7. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: When did Treasury first advise him that economic conditions were starting to mirror the downside scenario in his 2015 Budget?
  8. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that over half a million patients received a First Specialist Assessment in the last financial year, an increase of 26 percent on the number performed in 2008/09?
  9. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Māori Development: Does he stand by all his statements?
  10. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Why did he say that the building materials industry “needs a shake-up through increased competition and greater transparency to ensure Kiwi families can get access to more fairly priced building materials and homes”?
  11. STEFFAN BROWNING to the Minister for Primary Industries: Will the Government provide compensation to farmers whose cows fell ill or died from eating herbicide-tolerant swedes?
  12. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Transport: What recent reports has he seen on increased competition in the aviation industry that supports regional New Zealand?

National: Four questions on the economy, research, surgical assessments and aviation competition

Labour: Four questions on regional economies, health spending, the economy and the building industry

Greens: Two questions on refugees and cows eating herbicide-tolerant swedes

NZ First: Two questions on Economic Development Minister and Maori Development Ministers standing by their statements

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

Taxation (Land Information and Offshore Persons Information) Bill – second reading

This bill amends the Land Transfer Act 1952 and other acts to gather better information for tax compliance from dealings in land. It promotes the enforcement of tax obligations of offshore persons generally and is intended to give Inland Revenue greater assurance about the identity of the offshore person.

  • Introduced June 2015
  • 1st reading: June 2015, passed 63 to 53 with Labour, Greens and NZ First opposed
  • SC report: August 2015, supported with amendments by majority with a minority report from Labour

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

Taxation (Bright-line Test for Residential Land) Bill – first reading continued

This Bill introduces amendments to the Income Tax Act 2007 and the Tax Administration Act 1994 so that residential land (except a main home) sold within two years of acquisition is automatically deemed a capital gain and taxed.

  • Introduced: August 2015

The first reading consist of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each, for a maximum debate of two hours. There are 11 speeches remaining

Employment Standards Legislation Bill – first reading

This bill promotes fairer and more productive workplaces by providing enhanced protections and benefits for both employers and employees through a number of improvements to the employment relations–employment standards legislative framework.

  • Introduced: August 2015

The first reading consist of 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes each, for a maximum debate of two hours.

Extended Sitting 9.00 am (Wed) to 1.00 pm

Te Kawerau ā Maki Claims Settlement Bill – committee stage and third reading

This bill gives effect to the deed of settlement entered into by the Crown and Te Kawerau a Maki on 22 February 2014 for the final settlement of historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Te Kawerau a Maki.

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

There is not expected to be lengthy debate at the committee stage. There is one SOP from the Minister.

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

Te Hiku Claims Settlement Bill – committee stage and third reading

This bill gives effect  to the deeds of settlement in which the Crown and Ngati Kuri, Te Aupouri, NgaiTakoto, and Te Rarawa agreed to the final settlement of the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of those iwi.

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

There is not expected to be lengthy debate at the committee stage. There are two SOPs from the Minister.

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

 

 

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