Wednesday, April 14, 2021

An unexpected Member's Day

Today is unexpectedly a Member's Day - the Business Committee granted it early in the year, to make up for time list to government business. First up is a two-hour debate on the budget policy statement, with questions to Ministers, replacing the general debate. Then its the second reading of Darroch Ball's Protection for First Responders and Prison Officers Bill, which has now been adopted by Mark Mitchell. The select committee essentially called this stupid and arbitrary, so I don't expect it to progress. The House will then wrap up the first reading of Matt Doocey's Policing (Killing a Police Dog) Amendment Bill, and then make a start on Terisa Ngobi's Holidays (Parent-Teacher Interview Leave) Amendment Bill. Which means there should be a ballot for one bill tomorrow.