Looking at the Order Paper, it seems Parliament has an unpleasant duty ahead of it tomorrow: the appointment of new members to the Abortion Supervisory Committee. Governments have tended to avoid this because it gives fruitcakes like Bill English and Gordon Copeland an opportunity to spout off about the evils of abortion, and nobody really wants to sit through that. But as the ASC currently has no members, and this is likely to become the subject of court action, it has to be done. I expect the political parties are either drawing straws for who has to hang around and make up quorum - or using it as a punishment.
Of course, there is a way of avoiding this unpleasantness - or at least avoiding having to do it all again in a few years time. Its clear from the smooth operation of the system in their absence that the Abortion Supervisory Committee serves no useful function other than as a sop to radical Christians whose day has frankly passed. It should be abolished, and replaced with abortion on demand. And if this causes Gordon Copeland to die of apoplexy in the chamber, then so much the better.