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Journals of the House for the week beginning Tuesday, 20 February 2007

Tuesday, 20 February 2007

The House met at 2.35 pm.

Prayers

1. Resignation of member

The Speaker advised the House that she had received a letter from Georgina Beyer resigning her seat in the House with effect on 16 February 2007.

2. Return of member

The Speaker informed the House that she had been advised by the Chief Electoral Officer that, pursuant to section 137 of the Electoral Act 1993, Lesley Frances Soper had been declared to be elected a member of the House of Representatives in place of Georgina Beyer.

3. Member sworn

Lesley Frances Soper presented herself at the bar of the House, was called forward to the Chair by the Speaker, took the Oath of Allegiance required by law, and took her seat in the House.

4. Petitions

The presentation of three petitions was announced.

(see Related links for petitions presented)

5. Select committee reports

The presentation of nine reports was announced.

(see Related links for select committee reports)

6. Introduction of bills

The introduction of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Amendment Bill was announced and the bill set down for first reading.

7. Questions for oral answer

Twelve questions to Ministers were answered.

8. Debate on Prime Minister’s Statement

The House resumed the interrupted debate on the question, That this House has no confidence in the Government led by Helen Clark because it lacks any vision or purpose apart from getting re-elected, it refuses to be accountable or responsible for the public services it oversees, it is tired and bereft of ideas, and all it can offer New Zealand is a collection of empty slogans, and the amendment proposed thereto.

On the question, That the amendment (in the name of Heather Roy) be agreed to, the votes were recorded as follows:

Ayes 50 New Zealand National 48; ACT New Zealand 2
Noes 61 New Zealand Labour 49; New Zealand First 7; United Future 3; Progressive 1; Independent: Field 1
Abstentions 10 Green Party 6; Māori Party 4

Amendment not agreed to.

On the question, That the motion (in the name of John Key) be agreed to, the votes were recorded as follows:

Ayes 50 New Zealand National 48; ACT New Zealand 2
Noes 61 New Zealand Labour 49; New Zealand First 7; United Future 3; Progressive 1; Independent: Field 1
Abstentions 10 Green Party 6; Māori Party 4

Motion not agreed to.

9. Maiden statement

Katrina Shanks made a maiden statement.

10. Government orders of the day

Appropriation (2005/06 Financial Review) Bill

Hon David Parker for Hon Dr Michael Cullen moved, That the Appropriation (2005/06 Financial Review) Bill be now read a second time.

On the question, That the bill be now read a second time, the votes were recorded as follows:

Ayes 61 New Zealand Labour 49; New Zealand First 7; United Future 3; Progressive 1; Independent: Field 1
Noes 50 New Zealand National 48; ACT New Zealand 2
Abstentions 10 Green Party 6; Māori Party 4

The bill was read a second time and set down for Committee stage next sitting day.

Major Events Management Bill

The Major Events Management Bill was read a first time and stood referred to a select committee.

Resolved, That the Commerce Committee consider the bill, and that the committee report finally to the House on or before 15 June 2007 (Hon Pete Hodgson for Hon Trevor Mallard).

Judicial Retirement Age Bill

The Judicial Retirement Age Bill was read a second time and set down for Committee stage next sitting day.

Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation Amendment Bill

Hon Ruth Dyson moved, and the question was proposed, That the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation Amendment Bill be now read a second time.

11. Adjournment

At 10.00 pm the Speaker interrupted the debate, set it down for resumption next sitting day, and left the Chair.

Wednesday, 21 February 2007

The House met at 2.00 pm.

Prayers

1. Papers

Two papers were ordered to be published.

The Speaker presented one further paper.

(see Related links for papers ordered to be published

and papers presented)

2. Questions for oral answer

Twelve questions to Ministers were answered.

3. General debate

Hon Maurice Williamson moved, and the question was proposed, That the House take note of miscellaneous business.

The motion lapsed.

4. Members’ orders of the day

Crimes (Abolition of Force as a Justification for Child Discipline) Amendment Bill

Sue Bradford moved, and the question was proposed, That the Crimes (Abolition of Force as a Justification for Child Discipline) Amendment Bill be now read a second time.

On the question, That the amendments recommended by the Justice and Electoral Committee by majority be agreed to, the votes were recorded as follows:

Ayes 70 New Zealand Labour 49; New Zealand National 6 (Bennett P, Blue, Borrows, Hutchison, Power, Rich); New Zealand First 3 (Donnelly, Woolerton, Stewart); Green Party 6; Māori Party 4; United Future 1 (Dunne); Progressive 1
Noes 51 New Zealand National 42 (Ardern, Auchinvole, Bennett D, Blumsky, Brownlee, Carter D, Carter J, Clarkson, Coleman, Collins, Connell, Dean, English, Finlayson, Foss, Goodhew, Goudie, Groser, Guy, Hayes, Heatley, Henare, Key, King C, McCully, Mapp, Peachey, Roy E, Ryall, Shanks, Simich, Smith L, Smith N, Te Heuheu, Tisch, Tolley, Tremain, Wagner, Wilkinson, Williamson, Wong, Worth); New Zealand First 4 (Peters, Mark, Paraone, Brown); United Future 2 (Turner, Copeland); ACT New Zealand 2; Independent: Field

Resolved, That the amendments recommended by the Justice and Electoral Committee by majority be agreed to.

On the question, That the bill be now read a second time, the votes were recorded as follows:

Ayes 70 New Zealand Labour 49; New Zealand National 6 (Bennett P, Blue, Borrows, Hutchison, Power, Rich); New Zealand First 3 (Donnelly, Woolerton, Stewart); Green Party 6; Māori Party 4; United Future 1 (Dunne); Progressive 1
Noes 51 New Zealand National 42 (Ardern, Auchinvole, Bennett D, Blumsky, Brownlee, Carter D, Carter J, Clarkson, Coleman, Collins, Connell, Dean, English, Finlayson, Foss, Goodhew, Goudie, Groser, Guy, Hayes, Heatley, Henare, Key, King C, McCully, Mapp, Peachey, Roy E, Ryall, Shanks; Simich, Smith L, Smith N, Te Heuheu, Tisch, Tolley, Tremain, Wagner, Wilkinson, Williamson, Wong, Worth) New Zealand First 4 (Peters, Mark, Paraone, Brown); United Future 2 (Turner, Copeland); ACT New Zealand 2; Independent: Field

The bill was read a second time.

The Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Bill (formerly the Crimes (Abolition of Force as a Justification for Child Discipline) Amendment Bill) was set down for Committee stage next sitting day.

Easter Sunday Shop Trading Amendment Bill

Chris Tremain for Jacqui Dean moved, and the question was proposed, That the Easter Sunday Shop Trading Amendment Bill be now read a second time.

5. Adjournment

At 10.00 pm the Speaker interrupted the debate, set it down for resumption next sitting day, and left the Chair.

Thursday, 22 February 2007

The House met at 2.00 pm.

Prayers

1. Business statement

The Leader of the House made a statement relating to the business of the House.

2. Petitions

The presentation of one petition was announced.

(see Related links for petitions presented)

3. Select committee reports

The presentation of three reports was announced.

(see Related links for select committee reports)

4. Introduction of bills

The introduction of the—

  • Statutes Amendment Bill and
  • Fisheries Act 1996 Amendment Bill—

was announced and the bills were set down for first reading.

5. Questions for oral answer

Twelve questions to Ministers were answered.

6. Government orders of the day

Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation Amendment Bill

The House resumed the interrupted debate on the question, That the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation Amendment Bill be now read a second time.

On the question, That the bill be now read a second time, the votes were recorded as follows:

Ayes 71 New Zealand Labour 49; New Zealand First 7; Green Party 6; Māori Party 4; United Future 3; Progressive 1; Independent: Field
Noes 48 New Zealand National 48

The bill was read a second time and set down for Committee stage next sitting day.

Judicial Retirement Age Bill

The order of the day for consideration in Committee of the Judicial Retirement Age Bill was called.

By leave, agreed that Tim Barnett be appointed as Acting Chairperson for the consideration in Committee of the Judicial Retirement Age Bill.

The House resolved itself into Committee for consideration of the Judicial Retirement Age Bill.

(In the Committee)

Part 1 read.

The following amendment was put:

Clause 3:

  • Amendment set out on Supplementary Order Paper No 87 (Hon Rick Barker).

Resolved, That the amendment be agreed to.

Resolved, That Part 1, as amended, stand part.

Part 2 read.

Resolved, That Part 2 stand part.

Clause 1 read.

Resolved, That clause 1 stand part.

Resolved, That the bill be divided into six bills as set out on Supplementary Order Paper No 88 (Hon Rick Barker).

The Chairperson announced that the bill would be reported with amendment and divided into six bills.

Reporting of bill

The Speaker resumed the Chair, and the Chairperson reported the Judicial Retirement Age Bill with amendment and that the Committee had divided it into the following bills:

  • District Courts Amendment Bill (No 3)
  • Employment Relations Amendment Bill (No 2)
  • Judicature Amendment Bill (No 2)
  • Te Ture Whenua Maori Amendment Bill (No 2) /

Maori Land Amendment Bill (No 2)

  • Coroners Act 1988 Amendment Bill
  • Coroners Act 2006 Amendment Bill.

The report was adopted.

The District Courts Amendment Bill (No 3), Employment Relations Amendment Bill (No 2), Judicature Amendment Bill (No 2), Te Ture Whenua Maori Amendment Bill (No 2) / Maori Land Amendment Bill (No 2), Coroners Act 1988 Amendment Bill, and Coroners Act 2006 Amendment Bill were set down for third reading next sitting day.

Customs and Excise Amendment Bill (No 2)

The Customs and Excise Amendment Bill (No 2) was read a second time and set down for Committee stage next sitting day.

Unsolicited Electronic Messages Bill

The House resolved itself into Committee for consideration of the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Bill.

(In the Committee)

Part 1 read.

Resolved, That Part 1 stand part.

Part 2 read.

Resolved, That Part 2 stand part.

Part 3 read.

Resolved, That Part 3 stand part.

Part 4 read.

Resolved, That Part 4 stand part.

The Schedule read.

Resolved, That the Schedule stand part.

Clauses 1 and 2 read.

Resolved, That clause 1 stand part.

Resolved, That clause 2 stand part.

The Chairperson announced that the bill would be reported without amendment.

Reporting of bill

The Speaker resumed the Chair, and the Chairperson reported the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Bill without amendment.

The report was adopted and the bill set down for third reading next sitting day.

Disabled Persons Employment Promotion (Repeal and Related Matters) Bill

The Disabled Persons Employment Promotion (Repeal and Related Matters) Bill was read a second time and set down for Committee stage next sitting day.

7. Adjournment

At 5.02 pm the House adjourned.