Four new members’ bills

The four drawn from the ballot were:

Customs and Excise (Prohibition of Imports Made by Slave Labour) Amendment Bill

This bill by Labour MP Peeni Henare bans the import of products made by slave labour.

There may be issues around how you define that, but should definitely go to select committee.

Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill

This bill by Green MP Catherine Delahunty amend the Public Works Act 1981 to protect Māori freehold and Māori customary land from being acquired by a Minister or local authority for public works. This would mean that no Māori land can be taken without consent.

I can’t see why Maori landowners would have special legal rights not available to other landowners. I’d vote against this.

Consumer Guarantees (Removal of Unrelated Party Lender Responsibility) Amendment Bill

This bill by National MP Shane Reti amends the Consumer Guarantees Act’s definition of supplier in the Act to exclude a lender who is an unrelated party from the definition of a supplier.

Looks technical and boring but worthy.

Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Exemption for RNZRSA Clubs from Special Licencing Requirements for Anzac Day) Amendment Bill

This bill by National MP Paul Foster-Bell  amends the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 to exempt those RNZRSA clubs that hold a current general liquor licence from having to seek an additional special licence to enable them to serve liquor before 1pm on Anzac Day.

Looks excellent. Ridiculous to make RSAs pay $500 for a special licence to be able to serve on ANZAC Day.

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