Parliament 9 September 2015

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. JAMES SHAW to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Are New Zealand officials working to soften the climate change declaration to be adopted at the Pacific Islands Forum?
  2. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Finance: How are household balance sheets supporting resilience in the New Zealand economy?
  3. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister’s statement that a rising exchange rate “is a sign of confidence in New Zealand”?
  4. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that 98 percent of general practices across New Zealand are offering free visits for under-13-year-olds, covering 770,000 eligible children or 99 percent of all under-13s?
  5. FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by all his statements?
  6. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Why has the Government extracted more than half a billion dollars in dividends from Housing NZ when there are over 3,000 people on the waiting list, children dying in cold, damp homes, and a shortage of houses?
  7. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Transport: What update can he provide on progress with construction on the Government‘s Waikato Expressway Road of National Significance?
  8. DENISE ROCHE to the Minister of Immigration: Does he agree with the manager of the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre, who said “We’ll make it work” when asked if they can accommodate the extra Syrian arrivals?
  9. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How much funding have tertiary institutes been forced to repay to the Tertiary Education Commission in the past year as a result of overfunding, and does he still have confidence that the Tertiary Education Commission’s regular monitoring procedures are working?
  10. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Communications: What recent announcements has she made on expanding Ultra-Fast Broadband to New Zealanders?
  11. MARAMA FOX to the Minister for Social Development: What is she doing to investigate any concerns raised by families who are being denied access to their children in care because of Child, Youth and Family processes?
  12. Hon DAMIEN O’CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he think it’s in the best interest of primary industries for a controlling interest to be potentially taken by foreign investors in New Zealand’s largest meat processing company, Silver Fern Farms?

National: Four questions on the economy, under 13 GP visits, Waikato Expressway, and ultra-fast broadband

Labour: Four questions on the exchange rate, Housing NZ, the Tertiary Education Commission and Silver Fern Farms

Greens: Two questions on climate change and refugees

NZ First: One question on Economic Development Minister Minister standing by his statement

Maori: One question on CYF

General Debate 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm

The general debate consist of 12 speeches of up to five minutes each for a maximum debate of one hour.

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

Passports Amendment Bill (No 2) – second reading continued

“The Passports Amendment Bill (No 2) modernises the Passports Act 1992 by extending the maximum validity period of the New Zealand passport from 5 years to 10 years for persons who are at least 16 years old and by taking into account certain changes in technology.

  • Introduced June 2015
  • 1st reading: June 2015, passed unanimously
  • SC report: August 2015, supported with amendments unanimously

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

Taxation (Transformation: First Phase Simplification and Other Measures) Bill – first reading

The bill amends several statutes relating to taxation in order to facilitate easier communication with Inland Revenue, simplify tax rules and provide for the sharing of information.

  • Introduced: June 2015

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

Environmental Reporting Bill – third 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
  • 2nd reading: May 2015, passed 61 to 60 with Labour, Greens, NZ First and Maori Party opposed
  • Committee of the whole House: June 2015, passed 63 to 58 with Labour, Greens and NZ First opposed

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

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