House Rises Debating Privilege

by Desk Editor on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — 10:04 PM

Parliament rose at 10pm interrupting debate on a report dealing with matters of privilege.

The Privileges Committee report on Question of privilege regarding use of intrusive powers within the parliamentary precinct was interrupted when the House rose and will resume at 9am tomorrow.

The first reading of the Subordinate Legislation (Confirmation and Validation) Bill (No 3) was completed quickly on a voice vote.

It will be the last debate of its type as changes proposed to Standing Orders will mean such bills are directly referred to the Regulations Review Committee without a first reading.

Earlier the committee stage of the Veterans’ Support Bill was completed on a voice vote.

Phil Goff said Labour strongly supported the modernisation of veterans’ benefits and the overhaul of the 1959 Act was long overdue. Goff said however the Government had not put in place the critical parts of the review completed by the Law Commission.

Not all veterans would receive their dues as the Government was penny pinching, Goff said. Labour said the changes it proposes would only cost $7.4 million a year.

Melissa Lee said she held the Korean War veterans close to her heart as she and her country of origin Korea owed them their lives. Lee outlined the hardships faced by soldiers in the war and said this bill would ensure the law better met the needs of older veterans. She said Goff was wrong in his claims and all veterans would get their dues.

Earlier the Land Transport Amendment Bill completed its committee stage with most votes going 112 to 7 with NZ First opposing.

This bill seeks to lower the adults legal alcohol limits from 400 micrograms (mcg) of alcohol per litre of breath to 250mcg, and from 80 milligrams (mg) of alcohol per 100 Millilitres (ml) of blood to 50mg.
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