Parliamentary Debates

Motions — Fox Glacier—Light Aircraft Crash

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

I rise today on behalf of the ACT Party to express our heartfelt sorrow at the deaths of Rodney Miller, Chaminda Senadhira, Adam Bennett, Michael Suter, and Christopher McDonald; and the young tourists: Patrick Byrne from Ireland, Glenn Bourke from Australia, Annita Kirsten from Germany, and Brad Coker from England—the nine people killed when their …

Taxation (Annual Rates, Trans-Tasman Savings Portability, KiwiSaver, and Remedial Matters) Bill

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

It is a pleasure to rise and take a call in the debate on the Taxation (Annual Rates, Trans-Tasman Savings Portability, KiwiSaver, and Remedial Matters) Bill. I speak as deputy leader of the ACT Party. The ACT Party will be supporting this bill.
The last comments we heard from the Labour speaker Stuart Nash were that …

Motor Vehicle Sales Amendment Bill — In Committee, Third Reading

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Motor Vehicle Sales Amendment Bill proposes to amend the Motor Vehicle Sales Act 2003 to improve its operation. The purpose of the Motor Vehicle Sales Act 2003 is to promote and protect the interests of consumers in relation to motor vehicle sales. This measure creates an environment in which consumers have the information and …

Reports — Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s Financial Stability Report, May 2010—Consideration of Report of Finance and Expenditure Committee

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

It is a pleasure to take a call to debate the report of the Finance and Expenditure Committee on the Reserve Bank’s financial stability statement of May this year. In drafting the comments that I intended to make this evening, I focused on three sections in the report: principally on the comments relating to unemployment, …

Parliamentary Service Amendment Bill — First Reading

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I had not planned to take a call in this debate on the Parliamentary Service Amendment Bill. I told the National whip that I would not be speaking. However, I do not believe that the comments from Chris Hipkins, who has just resumed his seat, can go without being responded to.
Hon Clayton Cosgrove: It’s still …

Electricity Industry Bill — Second Reading

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The ACT Party will be supporting the Electricity Industry Bill at its second reading. I am proud to say that I was a member of the Finance and Expenditure Committee that considered the submissions on this bill and deliberated on the Supplementary Order Paper put up by the Minister of Energy and Resources.
As the Minister …

General Debate

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tomorrow New Zealand will be introducing the emissions trading scheme. We will be world leaders in climate change, despite the Prime Minister’s promise not to be. I say that, because no lesser person than the Minister for Climate Change Issues, the Hon Dr Nick Smith, told this Parliament on 24 September last year, and again …

Debate on Crown Entities, Public Organisations, and State Enterprises — In Committee – National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd (NIWA) has been the subject of many questions to both the Minister for Climate Change Issues and the Minister in the chair right now, Wayne Mapp, over the last 7 or 8 months.
NIWA is responsible for maintaining our climate records, having taken over this function from …

Debate on Crown Entities, Public Organisations, and State Enterprises — In Committee- Mighty River Power Ltd

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I predict that the coming year will be a record year for electricity generators owned by the State—a record year. I say that because I believe that Government-owned electricity generators Mighty River Power, Genesis, and Meridian Energy will make more money than they have ever made before. In 2 days’ time we will have the …

Tariff (Malaysia Free Trade Agreement) Amendment Bill — Second Reading, In Committee, Third Reading

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I did not take the ACT call in the normal order when the Tariff (Malaysia Free Trade Agreement) Amendment Bill came up late last night, but I will do so now. I have listened with interest to the debate over the last half hour or so, and it is interesting that Grant Robertson concluded his …