The first parliament with a new government for nine years opens today and the rest of the week promises to be both busy
All MPs are sworn in today and it is expected that veteran Labour MP Jonathan Hunt will be elected as Speaker of the
On Wednesday the new government will get down to business under urgency with plans to push through new tax legislation
which will increase the top tax rate on those earning over $60,000 to 39 cents in the dollar. If ready in time the
government also plans to introduce new ACC legislation which repeals the decentralisation measures imposed by the last
This would prevent employers using private workplace insurers.
Student loans and the minimum wage are also on the agenda and the controversial party-hopping legislation favoured by
Labour and the Alliance looks unlikely to proceed until the New Year due to lack of support from the Greens.
The government can expect a new and invigorated opposition to launch a series of attacks on the new government and their
legislative programme for the duration of the week. The Greens will possibly be singled out for particular personal
At the end of this session – the closing date is not yet known – parliament will rise until February 2000.