17 Sep 2015

The Day In Parliament for 17 September 2015 - morning edition

From In Parliament, 5:45 am on 17 September 2015

Government to sit in extended hours on Thursday morning; Sue Moroney's Paid Parental Leave Bill passes its first reading by 61 votes to 60, gaining the crucial support of United Future's Peter Dunne; National celebrates first year of its third term but Labour says after eight years in office it's time to stop blaming the last government for its failures. Labour's request to introduce a member's bill adding a fifth flag to choice in the first referendum is blocked by the government as is New Zealand First's similar request to legislate against Chinese investment in Silver Fern Farms. Prime minister says decision on Chinese offer must be made by Silver Ferns. New Zealand First's deputy leader mounts strong defence of current flag. Law and Order committee briefed on work of the New Zealand Public Interest Project in investigating claims of wrongful imprisonment and miscarriage of justice.