16 Oct 2015

The Day In Parliament for 16 October 2015 - morning edition

From In Parliament, 5:45 am on 16 October 2015

Passports Amendment Bill (No 2), extending life of the travel document to 10 years, has final reading as does the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3). In Questions Time, Finance Minister, Bill English, rejects claims from his Labour shadow, Grant Robertson, that his first operating surplus since taking office was won at the expense of repairs to Canterbury earthquake damage. Mr English also faces questions from the Greens' Jan Logie about the number of women in National's Cabinet. In the committee rooms, the Justice and Electoral Committee hears a submission from Mai Chen on the need to cater more for Asian and other ethnic groups voting in the next General Election.