Over at No Right Turn, Idiot Savant points out the following about the month delay in the election when talking about the parliamentary implications (my bold).
Parliament will now resume on Tuesday, though it has a pretty light Order Paper. Most of its business will likely be accountability – I expect an urgent debate on the current outbreak – and any necessary Covid legislation. We’ll also get another Member’s Day, which should see Ginny Andersen’s miscarriage leave bill advance. But having done the usual end-of-term rush to clear away business, there’s now less for them to do unless another crisis happens. A bunch of retired MPs will now have to come back to work as well, which they will no doubt hate. But at least with current border restrictions, they are unlikely to have fled the country.No Right Turn: “Delayed“
I was contemplating this and thinking that it is a colossal waste of time for the Members of Parliament who have retired from the fray to be dragged back into parliament. Sure the current government and ministers have work to do. Even the MPs who are trying to get voters to stay in the next parliament do as well. But retiring MPs? That seems unlikely.
I can’t see how there is any real legislative work that could be realistically proceeded to fruition. Any that could have been finished would have been done before Tuesday last week. There are a sizeable cohort of MPs who were retiring. I’m not sure if this Newshub display is all of them, but that is nearly a sixth of parliament in the photo.
What will happen is that any plans those MPs leaving had during that extra mouth are put on hold. While we may have to pay them because Judith Collins and Winston Peters would like more time to shore up their poll numbers, I suspect that most will simply not want to be in parliament.
I think that the parties should just pair them off. Let the electorate MPs resign if they want to – it is too close to the election to hold by-elections. Don’t bring any bills forward that would be contentious – which is pretty much where the legislative program is already. We’re in holding pattern until the election anyway because the political system has been largely shifted into election mode already.
I really can’t see the point in a sham display at parliament while we wait for the delayed election. But I’m sure that there will be some emotional puritans out there who’d disagree. So tell me why you’d think differently – and why it is worth it.