Submissions on Free Trade & Flag

by Desk Editor on Friday, May 1, 2015 — 2:18 PM

Korean trade deal up for consideration by Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade Committee – who hear from Auckland University Law Professor Jane Kelsey; Justice & Electoral Committee hears submissions on New Zealand Flag Referendums Bill.

The Week in Review: May 1st

by Desk Editor on Friday, May 1, 2015 — 2:10 PM

NZ First gets a new MP; Annual Review Debate completed; PM’s ponytail antics raise opposition eyebrows; Questions about housing; Professor Jane Kelsey takes on National’s David Bennett over proposed Korean FTA.

Immigration Bill Passes

by Editor on Thursday, April 30, 2015 — 6:00 PM

An immigration bill intended to crack down on those exploiting workers has passed despite Opposition MPs saying it was just window dressing. [click to continue…]

Prof. Jane Kelsey on Korean FTA

by Desk Editor (Thursday, April 30, 2015 — 4:52 PM)

Korean trade deal up for consideration by Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade Committee – who hear from Auckland University Law Professor Jane Kelsey; Free trade issues also subject of questions to Todd McClay; Phil Twyford puts questions to Housing Minister Nick Smith.

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Questions and Answers – April 30

by Editor (Thursday, April 30, 2015 — 4:47 PM)

QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS Health, Minister—Statements 1. Hon ANNETTE KING (Deputy Leader—Labour) to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements? Hon Dr JONATHAN COLEMAN (Minister of Health): Yes, within the context in which they were made.

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Parliamentary Officers Budgets Approved

by Editor (Thursday, April 30, 2015 — 3:53 PM)

Budgets for the Officers of Parliament have been approved though concerns have been expressed about funding for the Ombudsmen’s Office was not enough to cope with workload.

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Environmental Reporting Bill To Progress

by Editor (Thursday, April 30, 2015 — 2:16 PM)

The Environmental Reporting Bill will be amongst the legislation the Government gives priority to next week.

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Questions For Oral Answer April 30

by Editor (Thursday, April 30, 2015 — 11:41 AM)

QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS 1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements?

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Parliamentary Officers Budgets To Be Approved

by Editor (Thursday, April 30, 2015 — 10:41 AM)

MPs are set to approve the budgets for the Officers of Parliament this afternoon.

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Peace Breaks Out… Briefly

by Editor (Wednesday, April 29, 2015 — 10:05 PM)

The set piece debate on financial reviews for 2013/2014 was completed tonight and included a rare moment of peace and goodwill between two of the sharper tongued MPs in Parliament.

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Questions and Answers – April 29

by Editor (Wednesday, April 29, 2015 — 5:12 PM)

QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS Climate Change Policy—Commentary 1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader—Green) to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he care what New Zealanders think about climate change, and does he take their calls for action on climate change seriously? Hon SIMON BRIDGES (Acting Minister for Climate Change Issues): Yes.

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Indonesian Executions Condemned

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, April 29, 2015 — 5:06 PM)

MPs condemn Indonesian executions; French delegation greeted; New NZ First MP Ria Bond welcomed by colleagues; Greens take new approach to question time; Simon Bridges steps up to answer questions on behalf of Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee; References to the PM’s ponytail antics continue.

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Dismay At Indonesian Executions

by Editor (Wednesday, April 29, 2015 — 2:13 PM)

When Parliament resumed at 2pm a motion regarding the recent executions in Indonesia was passed on a voice vote.

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Questions For Oral Answer April 29

by Editor (Wednesday, April 29, 2015 — 11:43 AM)

QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS 1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he care what New Zealanders think about climate change, and does he take their calls for action on climate change seriously?

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Financial Review Debate To Continue

by Editor (Wednesday, April 29, 2015 — 10:38 AM)

After Question Time and the General Debate today MPs are today set to return to the set piece debate on the annual financial reviews of Crown entities and departments.

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House Rises

by Editor (Tuesday, April 28, 2015 — 10:22 PM)

Debate on the committee stage of the Appropriation (2013/14 Confirmation and Validation) Bill was interrupted when the House rose just before 10pm.

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Questions and Answers – April 28

by Editor (Tuesday, April 28, 2015 — 6:43 PM)

Questions to Ministers Inflation—Reports 1. CHRIS BISHOP (National) to the Minister of Finance : What reports has he received about lower than expected inflation in New Zealand?

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