23 Oct 2016

The Week In Parliament for 23 October 2016

From In Parliament, 7:30 am on 23 October 2016

House marks the deaths of trade union leader Helen Kelly and King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand; Winston Peters fields questions on his Land Transfer (Foreign Ownership of Land Register) Amendment Bill; Chris Bishop's Financial Assistance for Live Organ Donors Bill passes its second reading reading unopposed; Papawai and Kaikokirikiri Trusts Amendment Bill - a private bill in the name of National's Alastair Scott - completes its committee stage; Debate on Chris Hipkins' Education (Charter Schools Abolition) Amendment Bill interrupted - but not before ACT's David Seymour voices his opposition to it; Outer Space and High-Altitude Activities Bill passes first reading and is sent off to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee; Steven Joyce fields questions about the economy on the Finance Minister's behalf; Winston Peters tries to find out why the Government shunned two pro-democracy movement leaders from Hong Kong; Annette King continues her battle with Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, who runs into trouble with the Speaker; ACT leader David Seymour meanwhile runs into trouble with the Assistant Speaker, Trevor Mallard; Health Select Committee is briefed on developments in monitoring and treating prostate cancer; Primary Production Committee hears submissions on the Food Safety Law Reform Bill - including one from the Soil & Health Association; Labour's Grant Robertson congratulates his party colleague Chris Hipkins on the birth of his first child.