Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Member's Day

Today is a Member's Day, and one with some real business. First, there's the second reading of Sue Moroney's Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave and Work Contact Hours) Amendment Bill, which will hopefully either pass, force action from National in the budget, or force a constitutional crisis allowing us to do away with the unconstitutional financial veto. Second, there's the second reading of Adrian Rurawhe's Official Information (Parliamentary Under-Secretaries) Amendment Bill, which also looks likely to pass (even David Seymour will vote for it, despite calling transparency over the executive "silly"). Finally, the House should make a solid start on Phil Twyford's Overseas Investment (Protection of New Zealand Homebuyers) Amendment Bill. If they're really quick, they'll finish that and make a start on Marama Fox's Oaths and Declarations (Endorsing the Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi) Amendment Bill.

If everything goes as expected, there should be a ballot for one bill tomorrow morning.