Thursday, July 23, 2020


A ballot for five Member's Bills was held today and the following bills were drawn:

  • Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill (No 2) (Shane Reti)
  • Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion (Safe Areas) Amendment Bill (Louisa Wall)
  • Lawyers and Conveyancers (Employed Lawyers Providing Free Legal Services) Amendment Bill (Sarah Dowie)
  • Companies (Limited Partnerships Identical Names Prohibition) Amendment Bill (Gerry Brownlee)
  • Corrections (School Notification of Sex Offenders) Amendment Bill (Matt Doocey)

I'll leave comment on the medicinal cannabis bill to the serious drug policy commentators. But Wall's bill will correct the mess David Seymour managed to make of abortion decriminalisation earlier in the year. I look forward to it passing.

None of these bills will be voted on before the election. Instead, it'll be for the next Parliament to decide on them. and hopefully that will be a Parliament with a strong majority against law-and-order bullshit.