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Parliament Moves Into Period Of "Tidy Up" Urgency

The House has voted to go into urgency this afternoon and is therefore expected to sit through the day for the rest of the week till late Friday to get through a long list of bills.

A spokeswoman from the office of the Leader of the House told Scoop this afternoon that the urgency motion relates mainly to tidying up the order paper, rather than dealing with anything that is either particularly urgent or contentious.

As there is no member's bills day this week it will not interfere with that.

According to the spokeswoman agreement has not yet been reached with all parties on whether Questions of the Day will proceed in spite of the house being in urgency. In recent times question time has usually proceeded during urgency by leave of the house.

The urgency motion read by Leader of the House Michael Cullen covers the first 16 bills presently on the Order Paper, namely:

All stages
Land Transport (Street and Illegal Drag Racing) Amendment Bill

1st readings
Counter-Terrorism Bill
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Bill
Statutes Amendment Bill (No 3)
Copyright (Parallel Importation of Films and Onus of Proof) Amendment Bill
Radio New Zealand Amendment Bill
New Zealand Horticulture Export Authority Amendment Bill (No 2)
Corrections Bill

2nd Readings
Consumer Protection (Definitions of Goods and Services) Bill
Fair Trading Amendment Bill (No 3)
National Library of New Zealand (Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa) Bill
Ngati Ruanui Claims Settlement Bill

All Stages
Motor Vehicle Sales Bill
Maori Purposes Bill (No 2)
Hop Industry Restructuring Bill
Social Workers Registration Bill

ENDS

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