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Source: New Zealand Parliament – Hansard


Hon MICHAEL WOOD (Deputy Leader of the House): Next week, legislation to be considered will include further stages of the COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Bill (No 2), the Crown Minerals (Decommissioning and Other Matters) Amendment Bill, and the Drug and Substance Checking Legislation Bill (No 2), and the first reading of the Three Strikes Legislation Repeal Bill. On Wednesday, there will be a special debate that makes up time lost in the Estimates debate while Wellington was at higher alert levels. Wednesday’s sitting will be extended into Thursday morning.

Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE (National): I thank the Deputy Leader of the House for that update. The Minister for COVID-19 Response has indicated that it’s the Government’s intention to introduce a past legislation to give effect to the traffic light framework. I wonder if the deputy leader could inform the House when that legislation might be introduced and whether it’s the Government’s intention to pass it through urgency.

SPEAKER: Either Minister can answer.

Hon CHRIS HIPKINS (Leader of the House): The reason I was late, of course, is actually Chris Bishop’s fault. He held up the media before me so they were late in questioning me. The Government’s intention next week is to pass the current COVID-19 bill that is before the House and to introduce legislation the following week that deals specifically with vaccinations and the response framework.