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Parliamentary matters from the week ending 31 August 2012

Parliamentary matters from the week ending 31 August 2012

  • On Thursday the Oaths and Declarations (Upholding the Treaty of Waitangi) Amendment Bill was selected from the parliamentary ballot.  This is a private member’s Bill lodged by Te Ururoa Flavell.  The purpose of the Bill is to provide for any person taking a statutory oath to elect to state that they will uphold the Treaty of Waitangi, in addition to repeating the words of the oath.  (By way of background, in July 2011, Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawiri was asked to leave Parliament for failing to swear his allegiance to the Queen.  During a later ceremony Mr Harawira swore allegiance to both The Queen and to the Treaty of Waitangi without incident.)
  • On Wednesday, the first reading of the Prohibition of Gang Insignia in Government Premises Bill was completed and referred to the Law and Order Committee.

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