The Day In Parliament for 7 December 2016
Health Select Committee gets another hot potato in the form of a bill giving DHBs the power to decide whether local drinking water supplies in their areas are fluoridated. Associate health minister, Peter Dunne's belief that DHBs provide the best mechanism for fluoridation decision is challenged by Labour's Annette King and David Parker. New Zealand First stands alone in opposition to sending the bill on to the Health Committee. New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, gets his request for a snap debate on John Key's resignation in ahead of Opposition leader, Andrew Little. The Speaker, David Carter, grants the request despite its technical flaws and opposition from the Government's leader of the House, Gerry Brownlee. The government's response to Winston Peters is led by the deputy prime minister, Bill English. Dispute over the nature of Mister Key's legacy includes questions as to whether he will even have a legacy. But Gerry Brownlee remains staunch in support of his Prime Minister.