The Week in Parliament for Sunday 8 November 2015
House congratulates All Blacks on winning Rugby World Cup for a third time. Greens new list MP, Marama Davidson, takes over Russel Norman's seat and delivers her maiden speech. New Zealand First stands alone against three bills covering anti-corruption measures, the Asian Investment Bank and the bright-line test on residential land sales, while their deputy leader, Ron Mark, earns general condemnation for his contribution to a debate on shop trading hours over Christmas and Easter. That bill passes its first reading and is sent to the Commerce Committee for submissions. Health Committee hears submissions regarding travel payments for community based care workers. Government faces questions about latest unemployment figures and also about SIS vetting; Progress made on the International Finance Agreements Amendment and Support for Children in Hardship bills; Petition on plastic bags presented to Local Government & Environment Committee. Speaker rejects request for snap debate on SIS annual report but leaves door open for another application in the future. David Cunliffe uses General Debate for media commentary. Business Statement allows for debate on members' bills next Wednesday.