Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Member's Day

Today is the first Member's Day of the new Parliament. Unfortunately, its filled with the boring leftover business of the last one.

First up are a pair of third readings of National member's bills: Chris Bishop's Films, Videos, and Publications Classification (Interim Restriction Order Classification) Amendment Bill and Sarah Dowie's Private International Law (Choice of Law in Tort) Bill. Both of these are uncontroversial and should pass easily. Following that is the second reading of Ruth Dyson's Rates Rebate (Retirement Village Residents) Amendment Bill. National tried to bury this one in committee, but it eventually escaped, and there's majority support for it. If the House moves quickly it may make a start on the second reading of Brett Hudson's Employment Relations (Allowing Higher Earners to Contract Out of Personal Grievance Provisions) Amendment Bill, which will probably be voted down given the new Parliamentary balance of power.

All second and third readings means no first readings, which means no ballot for new bills. The good news is that this may change after next member's day.