Thursday, April 22, 2010


A ballot for three member's bill was held today, and the following bills were drawn:

  • Tariff Act Repeal Bill (Roger Douglas)
  • Crown Minerals (Protection of Public Conservation Land Listed in the Fourth Schedule) Amendment Bill (Metiria Turei)
  • Goods and Services Tax (Exemption of Healthy Food) Amendment Bill (Rahui Katene)

So, it looks like the government is going to have to debate mining in national parks after all.

All the bills have been previously covered in "in the ballot", Douglas's one here, Turei's one here, and Katene's one here. There were four new bills this week, the most interesting of which looks to be Hone Harawira's Parliamentary Commissioner for the Treaty of Waitangi Bill (which I assume establishes an office like the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment to be an independent reporter on Treaty issues - a very good idea). Hopefully I'll be able to cover it (and some other bills) in an "In the ballot" post later today.