Parliament 3 November 2015

The order paper is here.

It is likely there will be a motion congratulating the All Blacks on winning the Rugby World Cup. Also new Green MP Marama Davidson will be sworn in today or tomorrow (her maiden speech is tomorrow).

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the New Zealand economy?
  2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister of Immigration; if so, why?
  3. Hon to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received, if any, on the pressures facing the public health workforce?
  4. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Science and Innovation:What reports has he received on growth in New Zealand’s technology sector?
  5. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Finance: What specific steps will he take to minimise the economic effect from billions of dollars of bank profits being taken out of New Zealand by overseas-owned banks?
  6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Is it correct that Treasury have advised him that they expect unemployment to rise above six percent in the coming months and that there will be “weak earnings growth over the rest of 2015”?
  7. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Associate Minister of Education: Is she happy with the process to find a contractor for the Northland College rebuild; if so, why?
  8. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made regarding New Zealand’s education legislation?
  9. to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by the statement made on her behalf regarding Early Childhood Education that “this believes firmly that it is not only about funding; it is actually about quality and participation”?
  10. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Social Development: What initiatives has the implemented as part of the Children’s Action Plan?
  11. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Who is responsible to this House for spending at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment?
  12. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Conservation: What percentage of forest in Northland currently has multi-pest control operations by the Department of Conservation

National: Four questions on the economy, the technology sector, the Education Act and the Children’s Action Plan

Labour: Four questions on the public health workforce, unemployment, ECE and spending

Greens: Two questions on bank profits and pest control

NZ First: Two questions on confidence in Immigration Minister and Northland College rebuild

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

Riccarton Racecourse Development Enabling Bill and Riccarton Racecourse Bill

These bills repeals the existing enactment relating to the Riccarton Racecourse, and re-enacts provisions with ongoing relevance, together with provisions necessary to enable 40 hectares of the racecourse to be developed for housing.

  • Introduced October 2015

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

Canterbury Property Boundaries and Related Matters Bill – first reading

This bill clarifies the law relating to locating legal property boundaries on land affected by movement resulting from the 2010 and 2011 sequences, and provides for guidelines to assist with boundary determinations in greater Christchurch and for more general use in future.

  • Introduced October 2015

The first 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 – second reading

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
  • 1st reading: September 2015, passed 63 to 58 with Labour, Greens and NZ First opposed
  • Select Committee report: October 2015, supported with amendments by the majority with minority reports from Labour, Greens and NZ First

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

Extended Sitting for  Bills 9.00 am to 1.00 pm (Wednesday)

Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill – first reading

This bill amends the Shop Trading Hours Act Repeal Act 1990 to grant territorial authorities a limited power to create bylaws that allow shop trading on Easter Sunday, and enable shop workers to refuse work on Easter Sunday.

  • Introduced October 2015

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

 

Radiation Safety Bill – second reading

The bill replaces the Radiation Protection Act 1965 to “provide an enhanced legislative framework for radiation safety that responds effectively to the range of technological, scientific, and organisational changes that have occurred over the last 5 decades” and also enables “ratification of key relevant international instruments.”

  • Introduced: December 2014
  • 1st reading: March 2915, passed unanimously
  • Select Committee report: August 2015, supported unanimously with amendments

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

 

 

 

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