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Scoop House: House Of 1996-99, Final Days

A roundup of the programme for the final days of this Parliamentary session - list and timing of valedictories and FULL TEXT of URGENCY MOTION.

Scoop House: House Of 1996-99, Final Days

In its final week the house – after question time yesterday – went into urgency in what amounts to a mopping up operation - with particular attention to important legal and law and order amendments - before the campaign proper will begin again in earnest next week.

This morning the house recovened after substantial progress through the marathon motion last night. (the full text of the motion is attached below).

In addition to the legislative avalanche the house needs to fit in valedictories and then finally the adjournment debate and carry over motion.

The carry over motion contains the legislation that is being carried through into the next Parliament. Scoop understands from officials that “nearly everything” on the order paper will be in the motion.

The full list of valedictories is…

Tuesday, 5 October (Yesterday)

5.45pm Larry Sutherland

Wednesday, 6 October

time tbc Hon Jack Elder

Thursday, 7 October

3pm Hon John Banks
Rt Hon Sir Douglas Graham
Hon Denis Marshall

Friday, 8 October

approx 10am (after the leaders conclude their speeches in the Adjournment

Rt Hon Sir William Birch
Hon Peter Gresham
Hon Peter McCardle
Hon Christine Fletcher
Joy Quigley
Pam Corkery
Patricia Schnauer


LEADER OF THE HOUSE: I move, That urgency be accorded the passing through their remaining stages of—

the Penal Institutions Amendment Bill (No. 2);
the Courts Security Bill;
the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Trans-Tasman Transfer of Protection Orders and Proceedings) Amendment Bill;
the Medicines Amendment Bill;
the Health Occupational Registration Acts Amendment Bill;
the Animal Welfare Bill (No. 2);
the Intellectual Property Right Acts Amendment Bill;
the Local Government Amendment Bill (No. 9);
the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Amendment Bill;
the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Bill;
the Personal Property Securities Bill;
the South Taranaki District Council (Egmont Electricity Limited Sale Proceeds) Bill and
the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council (Surplus Funds Distribution) Empowering Bill;
and any bills into which those bills may be divided;

the second readings of—

the Business Law Reform Bill; and
the Crimes Amendment Bill (No. 6);

and the introduction and passing of—

the Airport Authorities Amendment Bill (No. 2);
the Criminal Justice Amendment Bill (No. 7);
the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Amendment Bill (No. 2);
the Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care) Bill;
the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill (No. 4);
the Sale of Liquor Amendment Bill (No. 3);
the Statutes Amendment Bill (No. 7);
the Student Loan Scheme Amendment Bill (No. 6);
the Te Ture Whenua Maori Amendment Bill;
the Victims’ Rights Bill;
the Legal Services Bill; and
the Referenda (Postal Voting) Bill.

Mr Speaker, Standing Order 56 (2) provides that I must inform the House why the motion has been moved.

The Government is obviously seeking to take urgency during this week to extend the standard sitting hours of the House to complete the business of the House week before it rises ahead of the General Election.

For the 12 bills the Government wishes to pass, it is important that the industries and local authorities involved with that legislation have certainty as soon as possible as to what the law may be.

The motion refers to 12 bills to be introduced and passed, but I advise the House that the Government seeks to progress these bills no further than referral to select committees.

Ten of the bills will be tabled and read for a first time immediately following this urgency motion. The remaining two bills which members might care to note -

the Legal Services Bill;
and the Referenda (Postal Voting) Bill –

…are not available for the table of the House at the moment and will be tabled tomorrow.

Members should also note that the urgency motion includes the carry over motion and then there will be an Adjournment Debate at 9.00am on Friday.

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