Parliamentary Debates

New Zealand Security Intelligence Service Amendment Bill — First Reading

Thursday, December 9, 2010

I rise on behalf of the ACT Party to speak on the first reading of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service Amendment Bill, which makes five main changes to update and clarify existing legislation to take into account advances in technology.
The New Zealand Security Intelligence Service Act was passed more than 40 years ago, and …

Smoke-free Environments (Controls and Enforcement) Amendment Bill — First Reading

Thursday, December 9, 2010

It is a great deal of pleasure to rise and speak on the Smoke-free Environments (Controls and Enforcement) Amendment Bill. The ACT Party will be casting a split vote on this issue. I and one of my colleagues will be voting for the bill and I will outline some of the reasons for that. Some …

Electoral (Finance Reform and Advance Voting) Amendment Bill – Second Reading

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The ACT Party will be opposing and voting against this legislation. I will focus most of my speech on the issue of third-party expenditure limits and the restrictions that are being placed on the rights of ordinary New Zealanders to speak out and be involved in the election campaign.
Before I do that, I reiterate some …

Electoral Referendum Bill — Second Reading

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The ACT Party will be supporting the Electoral Referendum Bill. However, once again we have major reservations about placing a limit of $300,000 on what a third party or a group of individuals can spend to promote one of the four alternatives. I would like to go back and listen again very carefully to the …

General Debate

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Last Friday submissions closed on the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill. We heard this afternoon from the chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, which is hearing submissions on the bill, that over 3,000 submissions have been received on the bill and that 521 New Zealanders or organisations have asked to submit personally. I …

Electoral Referendum Bill — Third Reading

Monday, November 15, 2010

The ACT Party will be supporting the Electoral Referendum Bill, which we understand will go through unanimously in the House later this afternoon, but we do so with some reservations. Once again we have a problem with the fact that people who want to be involved in the election are being limited to spending $300,000. …

Electoral Referendum Bill — In Committee

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Part One:
I will respond to the comments of Lianne Dalziel and Metiria Turei, but before I do so, I will place something on record. The Hon Lianne Dalziel keeps asking why we are discussing these bills individually and not as a group of three. Let me advise her and the rest of the Committee that …

General Debate

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Yesterday I rose and spoke on the Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Bill. We have heard further this afternoon of the devastation and the destruction that was borne on Canterbury. The earthquake in Canterbury is probably the No. 1 natural disaster that has happened in my lifetime. There may not be another disaster during my …

Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Bill — Procedure, First Reading

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I rise on behalf of the ACT Party to speak on the first reading of the Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Bill. First, I thank the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, the Hon Gerry Brownlee, for the work he has done to rapidly identify and respond to the issues facing Cantabrians as a result of …

Crimes (Reasonable Parental Control and Correction) Amendment Bill-First Reading

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

It is a pleasure to rise and speak on behalf of the ACT Party on the first reading of the Crimes (Reasonable Parental Control and Correction) Amendment Bill. I am pleased to speak on this bill because, as Annette King alluded to and as members know, I introduced this bill to the House. I thank …