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United Future Re-Recognised

United Future with Peter Dunne as its leader is once again recognised as a party in Parliament.

When Parliament resumed at 2pm Speaker David Carter told MPs the Electoral Commission had recognised United Future as a registered party and the party had not ceased to exist when it was cancelled for a lack of proof about member numbers.

Because of this from today United Future would be recognised as a party for parliamentary purpose.

A petition was presented from Mandy Carter on behalf of SAFE and Humane Society International asking the House note that 15,651 people have supported petitions calling on the Government to put in place a ban on cosmetic animal testing and ban the sale of new cosmetics that have been tested on animals and the House support this request.

The Electoral Commission, Te Kaitiaki Take Kōwhiri, Ikaroa-Rāwhiti By-Election 2013, Enrolment and Voting Statistics (E.9) were tabled.

Select committee reports were presented on:

Complaint regarding the New Zealand Teachers Council (Conduct) Rules 2004 by the Regulations Review Committee

Investigation into the Road User Charges (Transitional Exemption for Certain Farmers’ Vehicles) Regulations 2013 as reported by the Regulations Review Committee

International treaty examination of the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, Amended by the 2010 Protocol as reported by the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee

Report from the Controller and Auditor-General, Local government: Results of the 2011/12 audits by the Local Government and Environment Committee

Report from the Controller and Auditor-General, Matters arising from the 2012-22 local authority long-term plans by the Local Government and Environment Committee

Resource Management (Restricted Duration of Certain Discharge and Coastal Permits) Amendment Bill by the Local Government and Environment Committee

Report from the Controller and Auditor-General, Roles, responsibilities, and funding of public entities after the Canterbury earthquakes by the Finance and Expenditure Committee

The Student Loan Scheme Amendment Bill (No 3) was introduced.

MPs began Question Time.

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