After a fiery and sometimes amusing question time, an urgent debate on the release of a report by the OECD on the Programme for International Student Assessment was held. Yesterday Labour education spokesman Chris Hipkins broke the embargo on the report which showed a dramatic slide by NZ down the rankings of educational achievement.
In a day dominated by members' bills, the Kaipara Council rates validation bill was reported back with amendments and read for a second time, and Winston Peters' Reserve Bank reform bill was knocked down at the first hurdle.
The SkyCity Convention Centre Bill passed its third reading into law, unleashing promises by Labour and the Greens to change the deal in Government. Also, MPs passed the MPs remuneration bill into the committee stages.
The SkyCity bill was reported back from the committee stage without changes, a bill to amend the Waitangi Trust Board Act to remove any constitutional conflicts between the Governor General and Ministers, Nick Smith's Social Housing Reform Bill and the Insolvency Practitioners Bill passed their second readings
The Telecommunication and Interception Bill passed into law, the bill to establish a full time Human Rights Commissioner was read for the first time and the SkyCity Convention centre bill was read for a second time.