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5 April 2012
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Business Statement

[Sitting date: 05 April 2012. Volume:679;Page:1725. Text is incorporated into the Bound Volume.]

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Mr Speaker took the Chair at 2 p.m.


Business Statement

Hon GERRY BROWNLEE (Leader of the House) : Next week the House is in the autumn adjournment. When the House resumes on Tuesday, 1 May, the Government will look to progress a number of bills on the Order Paper, including the remaining stages of the Appropriation (2010/11 Financial Review) Bill and the Committee stage of the Regulatory Reform Bill, the Airports (Cost Recovery for Processing of International Travellers) Bill, the Sentencing (Aggravating Factors) Amendment Bill, and the Trade (Safeguard Measures) Bill. I have circulated to parties the bills that we hope to cover in the next parliamentary sitting.

Hon TREVOR MALLARD (Labour—Hutt South) : I want to thank the Leader of the House for that, and to ask him a little group of questions around one particular bit of legislation, and that is the legislation to give effect to the proposed agreement with Skycity Casino. I seek an assurance that it will not be in the next 3-week sitting block, that it will not be Budget night legislation, that it will not be a confidence vote, and that the personal vote that is involved will not be overridden by the National whips—that there will be a conscience vote for all members on it.

Hon GERRY BROWNLEE (Leader of the House) : The shadow Leader of the House is asking me to give confirmation to his proposal that the Government does nothing; I will not do that.