Noisy Start To Parliament

by Desk Editor on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 — 3:00 PM

When Parliament resumed at 2pm there was a brief interruption from a person in the public gallery who berated MPs on matters of religion.

There was then further disruption in the House when Prime Minister John Key attempted to take a point of order.

Winston Peters and other MPs objected to this and after a series of interchanges both Peters and Labour MP David Parker were ordered to leave the House after they challenged Speaker Lockwood Smith’s decision to allow the Prime Minister to make the point of order.

Eventually Key made a personal explanation correcting answers to questions concerning the GCSB and Kim Dotcom.

Requests to allow the ejected MPs to return to the House were rejected by Smith, who indicated he was still considering an application from Peters to refer Key to the privileges committee for misleading Parliament.

A number of papers were then presented including:

The Auditor-General’s report: Roles, responsibilities, and funding of public entities after the Canterbury earthquakes

Pacific Island Affairs, Ministry of, Annual Report 2012
Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust Board, Te Toroihi Matauranga, Annual Report 2012

Learning Media Limited, Te Pou Taki Kōrero, Annual Report 2012
Primary Industries, Ministry for, Manatū Ahu Matua, Annual Report 2011/2012 (C.5)
Gambling Commission, for the year ended 30 June 2012 (G.64)
Landcorp Farming Limited (Landcorp), Annual Report 2012
Crown Asset Management Ltd, Annual Report 2012
Crown Asset Management Limited, Statement of Intent 2012/2014
Quotable Value Limited, Annual Report 2011/2012
AsureQuality Limited, Annual Report 2012
Invercargill Airport Limited, Annual Report 2012
Crown Fibre Holdings Limited (CFH), Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2012
New Zealand Equivalents to International Financial Reporting Standards, (NZ IFRSs), Editorial Corrections, September 2012, approved by the New Zealand Accounting Standards Board
Hawke’s Bay Airport Limited, Annual Report 2012
Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited (MetService), Annual Report 2012
Transpower New Zealand Limited (Transpower), Annual Report 2011/2012
New Zealand Customs Service, Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa, Annual Report 2011/2012 (B.24)
Nursing Council of New Zealand, Te Kaunihera Tapuhi o Aotearoa, Annual Report 2012 (E.18)
Asia New Zealand Foundation, Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2012 (G.47)
Transport, Ministry of, Te Manatū Waka, Annual Report 2011/2012 (F.5)
Electricity Authority, Te Mana Hiko, Annual Report 2011/2012 (D.11)
Government Superannuation Fund Authority, Reports and Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2012
Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation, Annual Report 2012
Select committee reports were presented on the:
Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s Monetary Policy Statement, September 2012 by the Finance and Expenditure Committee

Corrections Amendment Billby the Law and Order Committee
Consumer Law Reform Bill by the Commerce Committee
Interim report on the Commerce (Cartels and Other Matters) Amendment Billby the Commerce Committee
Briefing on agricultural development in the Waitaki Basin and Mackenzie Country by the Primary Production Committee
Petition 2011/2 of G R Hughey as reported by the Primary Production Committee
The following bills were introduced
Minimum Wage (Starting-out Wage) Amendment Bill
Criminal Procedure Legislation Bill
Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill
Local Electoral Amendment Bill (No 2)
Education Amendment Bill
MPs then began Question Time.
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