House Adjourned but Committees Meet

by Desk Editor on Thursday, June 23, 2016 — 3:56 PM

The one week parliamentary adjournment sees just two select committees meeting – while another goes walk-about in Christchurch; On Monday, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett appears before the Commerce Committee for its review of Vote Tourism; Social Services Committee travels to Christchurch for a handful of site visits; Transport and Industrial Relations Committee meets in Auckland for submissions on its inquiry into the future of New Zealand’s mobility.

Access Week in Parliament 20-06-16

by Desk Editor on Monday, June 20, 2016 — 1:59 PM

An extended version of the Week in Parliament, produced for Access radio stations and presented by Tom Frewen and Reesh Lyon – this week featuring MPs’ tributes to victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.

House Busy Before Adjournment Week

by Desk Editor on Friday, June 17, 2016 — 3:01 PM

Finance Minister Bill English lodges a certificate of financial veto to block Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Parental Leave and Employment Protection (6 Months’ Paid Leave) Amendment Bill; Battle of Health Ministers past and present – between Annette King and Jonathan Coleman – continues in committee rooms and chamber; Greens co-leader James Shaw complains about Government responses to questions and their blocking the tabling of documents; Government faces questions on homelessness & the economy; Ministers including Amy Adams, Jonathan Coleman and Gerry Brownlee appear before select committees for scrutiny of this year’s budget allocations for their ministries; MPs express sympathy for victims of the Orlando shooting; Speaker declines Andrew Little’s request for a snap debate on New Zealand’s refugee quota; The Coroners Amendment Bill passes final reading – as do the Riccarton Racecourse Development Enabling Bill and the Riccarton Racecourse Bill; Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee gives a preview of the next week back after the one-week adjournment.

Riccarton Racecourse Bills Pass

by Desk Editor (Friday, June 17, 2016 — 11:45 AM)

The Riccarton Racecourse Development Enabling Bill and the Riccarton Racecourse Bill have passed their final readings unopposed.

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Coroners Amendment Bill Passes

by Desk Editor (Thursday, June 16, 2016 — 5:05 PM)

The Coroners Amendment Bill has passed its final reading.

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Govt Vetoes Moroney’s Paid Leave Bill

by Desk Editor (Thursday, June 16, 2016 — 5:01 PM)

Government uses financial veto to block Sue Moroney’s paid parental leave bill – which raises protest from the Labour benches; Justice Minister Amy Adams faces questions about the Government’s announcement regarding Teina Pora’s compensation.

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Questions to Ministers – June 16

by Desk Editor (Thursday, June 16, 2016 — 11:56 AM)

Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he agree with the statement from the Chair of the PHO Alliance who said of Budget 2016, “Primary care cannot deliver essential new models of care within existing and reducing financial resources”; if not, why not?

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Local Govt Act Amendment Progresses

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, June 15, 2016 — 9:22 PM)

The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) has passed its first reading.

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Children & Young Persons Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, June 15, 2016 — 8:56 PM)

The Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Advocacy, Workforce, and Age Settings) Amendment Bill has passed its first reading.

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Taxation Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, June 15, 2016 — 8:56 PM)

The Taxation (Annual Rates for 2016-17, Closely Held Companies, and Remedial Matters) Bill has passed its first reading unopposed.

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Seen Any Street People Lately, PM?

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, June 15, 2016 — 4:57 PM)

Social Housing Minister, Paula Bennett, refuses to identify staff member who leaked existence of police investigation into Te Puea Marae chairman, Hurimoana Dennis, to a journalist. She also denies that it reflects on the culture in her office. Greens co-leader, James Shaw, asks Prime Minister, John Key, if he’s seen anyone sleeping in doorways recently. […]

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Questions to Ministers – June 15

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, June 15, 2016 — 11:47 AM)

CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the outlook for the New Zealand economy?

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Social Security Amendment Progresses

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, June 15, 2016 — 10:15 AM)

The committee stage of the Social Security (Extension of Young Persons Services and Remedial Matters) Amendment Bill was completed.

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Riccarton Racecourse Bills Progress

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, June 14, 2016 — 8:29 PM)

The Riccarton Racecourse Development Enabling Bill and the Riccarton Racecourse Bill have passed their committee stages.

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Coroners Amendment Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, June 14, 2016 — 8:26 PM)

The  Coroners Amendment Bill has passed its committee stage.

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Appropriation Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, June 14, 2016 — 4:48 PM)

The Appropriation (2015/16 Supplementary Estimates) Bill was read a first time without debate and set down for second reading next sitting day.

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Contract Commercial Law Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, June 14, 2016 — 4:47 PM)

The Contract and Commercial Law Bill was read a first time without debate and referred to the Justice and Electoral Committee.

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