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NRT: The last day

Written By: - Date published: 2:26 pm, July 31st, 2014 - 9 comments
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Today is the last day of Parliament for the term. After spending the morning on non-controversial legislation – including apparently the anti-slave-fishing bill – the House will have its last Question Time and then an adjournment debate. And then they’ll be off to campaign for the election.

The big triumph here? No last-minute urgency. No “wash-up”. Extended hours and growing public dislike of urgency has put paid to that. Instead MPs have cooperated to ensure the vital but non-controversial stuff gets passed without abusing the Parliamentary process, or the public’s trust. Hopefully it’ll be a permanent change.

9 comments on “NRT: The last day ”

  1. fambo 1

    Yah – Schools out for Summer, School’s out forever!

  2. Puckish Rogue 2

    The Cunliffe will be pleased

  3. ianmac 3

    Note David Shearer was given leave to table an email after QT was finished something to do with McCulley who may have mislead the House. Seconds before the House rose for the Election. ????

    • disturbed 3.1

      Light those fires guys get these creeps on the ropes as they have tried to do with every labour leader they have put up during the last six years, and now its their turn to get it all back with more.

  4. Draco T Bastard 4

    Ah, yes, the anti-slavery bill:

    In the early C19th, when William Wilberforce was camapigning to abolish slavery in Britain’s colonial posessions, he met with strong opposition from the British establishment. Few of his opponents were bold enough to say that they actually approved of slavery. Instead, abolition would be “impractical”. It would be bad for business and bad for the empire. The abuses which the abolitionists had highlighted were exaggerated and not widespread (there’s a great example of this in the Earl of Belmore’s speech on the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 here).

    The Maori Party’s contribution on the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill, which abolishes slave-fishing in the New Zealand fishing industry, fits perfectly with this long tradition:

    Time and past time for the Māori Party to be gone from parliament.

  5. Descendant Of Sssmith 5

    Aye I noted too the link in the link

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/britains-colonial-shame-slaveowners-given-huge-payouts-after-abolition-8508358.html

    “There was a feeding frenzy around the compensation.” A John Austin, for instance, owned 415 slaves, and got compensation of £20,511, a sum worth nearly £17m today. And there were many who received far more.”

    At least we know who those who benefited are.

    I only wish we had the same openness about who reaped the benefits from parliaments largess in paying out South Canterbury Finance – starting with those people who invested large amounts of money there in those last few weeks.

    The decision to pay out the interest and who benefited from that decision at the very least requires some inquiry and openness.

    • tricledrown 5.1

      those in receipt of stolen taxpayers money handed over by Bill English without any hesitation.
      the money SCF had lent out to borrowers who were paying it back in loans were liquidated by Bill English.These loans were completely written off unnecessarily most were being paid back and weren’t in default even one High flying Otago National Party stalwart was shafted by Bill English at a huge cost to the tax payers. these loans should have been carried over by the govt who would have eventually got say 90% of the money back instead of the 1.6 billion the taxpayer is now paying interest on as borrowed to pay investors mainly South Canterbury national Voters just before an election . An election bribe of humongous proportions.

  6. disturbed 6

    It’s like “the end of days”.

    Where is the guy who culls all the evil bu——-?

    He has some work here, as the Nat’s all scrabble for the last plane to Planet key.

  7. Jenny 7

    Light the fires and kick the tyres

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