Thursday, July 27, 2006


The usual ballot for Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn:

  • Minimum Wage and Remuneration Amendment Bill (Darien Fenton)
  • Building (Late Consent is a Free Consent) Amendment Bill (Nick Smith)

Unfortunately, I haven't covered either of them; I've been hassling Darien Fenton without response for months, while Smith's bill is a new one (though possibly related to Colin King's Resource Management (Overdue Consents) Amendment Bill). There were also two other news bills: the Country of Origin Food Labelling Bill, from Sue Kedgley, and the Health and Safety in Employment (ILO Convention 155) Amendment Bill from Sue Moroney. Both bills seem self-explanatory from their titles (ILO Convention 155 governes safety in the workplace, and can be found here), but as usual I'll try and get the full details for an In the ballot post.

Labour's bills seem to be slowly trickling out now (they've had a new one in each of the last few ballots), while National is still a long way from its goal of having one for every MP. And there's still nothing from the Maori Party...


I suspect the Nick Smith bill is the Colin King bill but dealing with building consents rather than resource consents...

Somewhat hypocritical of National that in the same week they're banging on about the additional costs the Government is imposing on local authorities that they propose a bill that will add additional costs on local authorities.

Posted by Graeme Edgeler : 7/27/2006 11:50:00 PM

Fenton might have a bit more time on her hands after her horse lost the race for Fenton's old job at the SFWU yesterday...

Posted by Span : 7/28/2006 08:59:00 AM