Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


A Question Of Privilege

A Question Of Privilege

When Parliament resumed at 2pm Speaker Lockwood Smith told Parliament he had instructed counsel to take a part in the case of the Erin Leigh defamation hearing.

The Supreme court ruled that advice from officials to ministers was not covered by absolute privilege, Dr Smith said the issue raised serious matters which he would refer to the privileges committee for consideration.

Petitions were presented from:

Vaughan Gunson and 38,297 others, requesting that Parliament remove GST from food and tax financial speculation.;

Sorrel Davies and 88 others asking for shark fishing to be made illegal in New Zealand

Geoff Hogman and others asking the House to consider legislation assisting an Auckland tram system

Amongst the papers presented were:

The annual report of the judicial Conduct Commissioner

The annual report of the Office of the Clerk

Select committee reports were presented on the:

Review of the Standing Orders by the Standing Orders Committee

Eleventh biennial conference of the Australasian Council of Public Accounts Committees (ACPAC), Perth, Australia, 27 to 30 April 2011 by the Finance and Expenditure Committee

Reserve Bank of New Zealand's monetary policy statement, September 2011 by the Finance and Expenditure Committee

Report by the New Zealand delegation to the Australia-New Zealand Scrutiny of Legislation Conference, Brisbane, 26-28 July 2011 by the Regulations Review Committee

Petition 2008/108 of Lucinda Rees and 2,564 others by the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee

Petition 2008/125 of JG (Grant) Eastgate and Amanda Shirley Roband on behalf of the Eastgate family and 5,551 others the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee

Petition 2008/112 of Darien Fenton by the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee

Report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment on Lignite and climate change: The high cost of low grade coal by the Local Government and Environment Committee

Petition 2008/29 of Alan James Bell and 6 others by the Local Government and Environment Committee

Petition 2008/131 of Kathryn Frances Boswell by the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee

Petition 2008/127 of Janice Tofia by the Education and Science Committee

MPs began Question Time.

** is a breaking news source for New Zealand parliamentary business featuring broadcast daily news reports.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Next Governor-General

The next Governor-General will have to be named quite soon. Dame Patsy Reddy (appointed 2016) is nearing the end of her five-year term. At the best of times, being a credible local stand-in for a head of state that’s based in London cannot be an easy job. Yet for the next appointee, the usual republican rumblings will be the least of it. The next G-G will almost certainly be in office when the Elizabeth II era finally comes to an end, and when the reign of her deeply uncharismatic son gets under way... More>>


Office Of The Speaker: 2021 Register Of Pecuniary And Other Specified Interests Presented

The 2021 Register of Pecuniary and Other Specified Interests of Members of Parliament was presented to the House today. It contains a summary of members’ pecuniary and other specified interests as at 31 January 2021. The Speaker of the House, Rt Hon ... More>>

Budget 2021: Boosts Carbon Neutral Government Commitment

· Budget 2021 delivers $67.4 million to support the transition to a carbon neutral public sector by 2025 · State Sector Decarbonisation Fund receives significant boost to support more schools, hospitals and other government organisations to replace ... More>>

Government: To Rev Up Reductions In Transport Emissions

The Government is calling for feedback on a range of potential policies to eliminate emissions in the transport sector. Transport Minister Michael Wood today released Hīkina te Kohupara – Kia mauri ora ai te iwi - Transport Emissions: Pathways to ... More>>

Child Poverty: Reports Highlight Need For Ongoing Action

The Government has released the first Annual Report for the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy and the second Child Poverty Related Indicators (CPRI) Report, both of which highlight improvements in the lives of children as a result of actions of the Government, ... More>>


PM: Statement On The Speaker And Annual Review Debate

“The serious issue of alleged sexual assault and harassment at Parliament was poorly managed and inappropriately politicised last night. The tone of the debate did not reflect well on Parliament as a whole,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. ... More>>

Local Government: Independent Review To Explore Future

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says an independent review of local government will explore how councils can maintain and improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders in the communities they serve long into the future. More>>





InfoPages News Channels