Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bride of the Zombie Member's Day

Today, barring urgency, is a Member's Day. Unfortunately, its the same Member's Day we had two weeks ago, and two weeks before that, and two weeks before that. The top of the Order paper is logjammed with committee stages of local bills, Labour is filibustering, and so the same Member's Day keeps shambling back again like one of the walking dead.

The House might get to the committee stage of Heather Roy's Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill today, but they're unlikely to finish it. Even if they do, the third readings of those two local bills will clog the Order paper next member's day. The net result: its not becoming law for at least another two or three Member's Days. And if National uses urgency anytime in that period (as they will), then its going nowhere until September. I don't think Labour will be lucky enough to be able to bury it until the election, but if Gerry Brownlee eats too many Wednesdays, they just might get away with it.