Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Member's Day

Today is a member's day - and one that will hopefully finally see the end of National's filibuster. Still, there's a lot of business to get through before the logjam is finally cleared.

First up are a couple of private and local bills. These aren't contentious and shouldn't be time-consuming. After those, we've got the second reading of Cam Calder's Summary Offences (Possession of Hand-held Lasers) Amendment Bill, and then the main event of Sue Moroney's Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months' Paid Leave) Amendment Bill. National wants to vote this down, and now they've passed their own less generous expansion in the Budget, it will be interesting to see if majority support for it holds. OTOH, they might just continue their filibuster to ensure the issue is safely parked until after the election...

Only two or three more member's days, depending on whether the last one gets eaten by wash-up urgency. And then with a new House, hopefully we'll see some progress.