While the Health Committee splits in two to hold two hearings in Christchurch on Friday on its inquiry into public attitudes to assisted dying, the Maori Affairs Committee retreats behind closed doors to thrash out their differences on the hugely significant but politically polarising Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill. With a back story starting in the 1860s, the bill is the latest attempt to legislate for a compromise between two camps represented in the House by National, Maori Party, ACT and United Future v Labour, Greens and New Zealand First. Join us on the sidelines and also get a preview of what’s coming up in the chamber and committee rooms in the coming week.
Extended version of The Week in Parliament with Tom Frewen and Reesh Lyon, featuring third reading debates on the Swimming Pools Amendment Bill and the Education Legislation Bill.
House marks the deaths of trade union leader Helen Kelly and King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand; Winston Peters fields questions on his Land Transfer (Foreign Ownership of Land Register) Amendment Bill; Chris Bishop’s Financial Assistance for Live Organ Donors Bill passes its second reading reading unopposed; Papawai and Kaikokirikiri Trusts Amendment Bill – a private bill in the name of National’s Alastair Scott – completes its committee stage; Debate on Chris Hipkins’ Education (Charter Schools Abolition) Amendment Bill interrupted – but not before ACT’s David Seymour voices his opposition to it; Outer Space and High-Altitude Activities Bill passes first reading and is sent off to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee; Steven Joyce fields questions about the economy on the Finance Minister’s behalf; Winston Peters tries to find out why the Government shunned two pro-democracy movement leaders from Hong Kong; Annette King continues her battle with Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, who runs into trouble with the Speaker; ACT leader David Seymour meanwhile runs into trouble with the Assistant Speaker, Trevor Mallard; Health Select Committee is briefed on developments in monitoring and treating prostate cancer; Primary Production Committee hears submissions on the Food Safety Law Reform Bill – including one from the Soil & Health Association; Labour’s Grant Robertson congratulates his party colleague Chris Hipkins on the birth of his first child.