Thursday, May 03, 2018


A ballot for four Members' Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn:

  • Electoral (Entrenchment of Māori Seats) Amendment Bill (Rino Tirikatene)
  • Dog Control (Category 1 Offences) Amendment Bill (Ian McKelvie)
  • Arms (Firearms Prohibition Orders) Amendment Bill (Paula Bennett)
  • Land Transport (Random Oral Fluid Testing) Amendment Bill (Jami-Lee Ross)

So a bunch of random law and order bullshit from National, and something of constitutional significance from Labour. The latter will require National's agreement to pass - parliament's standing orders require any proposal for entrenchment to be passed by at least the supermajority it seeks to establish. So the question is whether National is still clinging to the racism of the Brash era, or whether it has now accepted that Maori have a permanent place in this country, and their representation should be protected from being randomly repealed by racists.