5 Jun 2016

The Week In Parliament for 5 June 2016

From In Parliament, 7:30 am on 5 June 2016

Budget debate continues, as do questions about it - including over tobacco tax hikes, which are defended by Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga and the Prime Minister; Questions also about defence spending & housing; Health Committee hears submissions on the Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Bill; Concerns are raised about the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill in submissions to the Local Government & Environment Committee; SPCA makes a submission to the Primary Production Committee on a petition signed by more than 62,000 people calling for a ban on rodeos; Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill and Taxation (Transformation: First Phase Simplification and Other Measures) Bill both pass final readings unopposed; Speaker admonishes noisy National backbenchers; Christopher Finlayson gives a preview of the week ahead.