16 Oct 2016

The Week In Parliament for 16 October 2016

From In Parliament, 7:30 am on 16 October 2016

New Green MP Barry Coates sworn in to replace Kevin Hague; Labour's Phil Goff delivers his valedictory speech after being elected as mayor of Auckland; Labour MPs revel in their party's success in the local body elections; Prime Minister John Key faces questions on housing; Finance Minister heralds the state of the Government's finances, and also faces questions about housing; Health Committee continues hearing submissions on Maryan Street's petition calling for an inquiry into public attitudes towards euthanasia - including one from a Siberian gulag survivor; Primary Production Committee hears submissions on the Food Safety Law Reform Bill, which artisan cheese-makers say will damage their industry; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee hears submissions on the Intelligence and Security New Zealand Bill - including one from former Green MP Keith Locke; Electoral Amendment Bill undergoes first reading - with Labour's Chris Hipkins decrying a lack of media interest in it; House passes twenty-three bills this week, all split from the Judicature Modernisation Bill; Acting Leader of the House Christopher Finlayson gives a preview of the week ahead.