Thursday, October 24, 2013


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

  • Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill (Phil Twyford)
  • Underground Coal Mining Safety Bill (Damien O'Connor)

Both bills were new to the ballot this week, and so not on the Parliament website.

meanwhile, National's Alfred Ngaro gets the "ominous title" award for his "Evidence (Inference from Silence) Amendment Bill". Having eliminated juries from most trials, National now apparently wants to remove the right to silence as well. What next? The presumption of innocence? The right not to be arbitrarily detained or imprisoned? The entire BORA?