Parliament 10 March 2016

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements?
  2. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the outlook for the New Zealand economy?
  3. MAHESH BINDRA to the Deputy Prime Minister: Is he aware that in the Hindi version of the instructions booklet for the flag referendum, an additional word has been added?
  4. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister of Justice: What response has she had to the Government’s review of the law addressing family violence?
  5. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: How much of the $5.2 million spent by the Government on the 40-student Whangaruru charter school, if any, is expected to be recovered following her decision to close the school in January?
  6. RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “there is no evidence – no good reason – to believe that there will be widespread farm foreclosures”?
  7. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What investment is the Government making in research to promote new forms of precision healthcare?
  8. CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development: When was she first made aware of issues with the rollout of the upgrade to the client management IT system?
  9. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Justice: Is she satisfied with the imprisonment rate for convicted burglars?
  10. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Small Business: How are small businesses benefiting from Government policies that are contributing to lower interest rates?
  11. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for National Security and Intelligence: E kore a ia e aro atu ki ētahi whakarerekētanga ki te ture, kia tukua ai a GCSB ki te kohi raraungameta, e pā ana ki ngā tāngata o Aotearoa?
    • Translation: Will he rule out any law changes that will allow the GCSB to collect metadata on New Zealanders?
  12. SUE MORONEY to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: How many deaths and serious harm injuries have occurred in agriculture since the Health and Safety Reform Bill was passed in in 2015?

National: Four questions on the economy, family violence, health research and interest rates

Labour: Four questions on Finance Minister standing by his statements, charter schools,MSD IT and OSH

Greens: One question on GCSB

NZ First: Two questions on flag referendum and dairy farms

ACT: One question on burglaries

Government Bills 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Employment Standards Legislation Bill – third reading

This bill deals with zero hour contracts and extends paid parental leave.

  • Introduced: August 2015
  • 1st reading: September 2015, passed 107 to 14 with Greens opposed
  • SC report: February 2016, supported unanimously with amendments
  • 2nd reading: March 2016, passed 94 to 25 with Greens and NZ First opposed
  • Committee of the whole House: March 2016, passed unanimously with amendments

The third reading debate has 12 speeches of up to 10 minutes, so a maximum debate of two hours.

Environment Canterbury (Transitional Governance Arrangements) Bill – first reading

This bill provide governance arrangements for the Canterbury Regional Council to operate during the 2016 to 2019 local authority election-cycle period”, being seven elected Councillors and six appointed Counillors.

  • Introduced August 2015
  • 1st reading: October 2015, passed 62 to 59 with Labour, Greens, NZ First and United Future against
  • SC report: February 2016, supported with amendments by majority with Labour and Greens dissenting

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


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