Trump, TPPA, RMA, OCR + Spy Bill

by Desk Editor on Friday, November 11, 2016 — 4:43 PM

New Zealand House of Representatives congratulates Donald Trump on his election as America’s 45th president – a motion supported by all parties except the Greens – who’s co-leader James Shaw incorrectly called the election result the night before; Final reading of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill interrupted when the House adjourns for the week on Thursday – but not before Opposition parties suggest the futility of proceeding with the bill in light of Mr Trump’s victory and his own opposition to the TPPA; Chris Hipkins’ Education (Charter Schools Abolition) Amendment Bill fails to pass first reading by 63 votes to 57; The Papawai and Kaikokirikiri Trusts Amendment Bill, a private bill in the name of National MP Alastair Scott, passes final reading unopposed; Ruth Dyson’s Rates Rebate (Retirement Village Residents) Amendment Bill passes its first reading; The Resource Legislation Amendment Bill – which contains the Government’s controversial amendments to the Resource Management Act is sent back to the Local Government and Environment committee where it has already spent 11 months; Clerk of the House David Wilson seeks to draw the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee’s attention to several parts of the New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill affecting Parliament; The Health Committee continues its inquiry into public attitudes towards euthanasia; Primary Production Committee releases a report on a petition signed by almost 63,000 people calling for a ban on rodeos in New Zealand; Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler updates the Finance and Expenditure Committee on his decision to drop the Official Cash Rate to 1.75 percent; Deputy Leader of the House Simon Bridges gives a preview of the week ahead.

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