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Source: New Zealand Parliament – Hansard


Mr Speaker took the Chair at 2 p.m.


ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Hon Jacqui Dean): Almighty God, we give thanks for the blessings which have been bestowed on us. Laying aside all personal interests, we acknowledge the Queen and pray for guidance in our deliberations, that we may conduct the affairs of this House with wisdom, justice, mercy, and humility for the welfare and peace of New Zealand. Amen.


Hon CHRIS HIPKINS (Leader of the House): Thank you, Mr Speaker. Legislation to be considered next week will include the first readings of the Commerce Amendment Bill and the Appropriation (2019/20 Confirmation and Validation) Bill and further stages of the Child Support Amendment Bill, the Financial Market Infrastructures Bill, the Local Government (Rating of Whenua Māori) Amendment Bill, the Regulatory Systems (Transport) Amendment Bill, and the Taxation (Annual Rates for 2020-21, Feasibility Expenditure, and Remedial Matters) Bill.

CHRIS BISHOP (National): Can I just ask the Leader of the House whether or not it is the Government’s intention to soon make progress on item 21 on Government orders of the day, which is the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill?

Hon CHRIS HIPKINS (Leader of the House): Of course, as I’ve just set out for the member, we’ve got a very busy legislative programme over the next few weeks, but that remains on the Order Paper, and it remains something that the Government is looking to advance.