Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Member's Day

Today is a Member's Day, but it will be another boring one as National is continuing its filibuster of Sue Moroney's Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months' Paid Leave) Amendment Bill. So, we can expect the private New Zealand Mission Trust Board (Otamataha) Empowering Bill (which addresses a historic wrong against Ngāti Tapu and Ngaitamarawaho) to be dragged out, but we will at least see the third reading of Paul Goldsmith's Electronic Transactions (Contract Formation) Amendment Bill (which tweaks the law around online transactions e.g. TradeMe). As for the future, there are only three more member's days before the House rises, so not a lot is going to be done. If National announces some watered-down parental leave policy in the Budget, then they may end the filibuster. But even then given the number of second readings available we're probably not looking at a ballot until after the election.