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by Items on the Balustrade · 05/09/2018 10pm
Golriz Ghahraman could make a human rights issue out of a minor rules change for hiring the local memorial hall. So there is certainly nothing that could be presented to the New Zealand Parliament that would not provide an opportunity for her to lay out her bona fides with regard to one noble cause ...
by Items on the Balustrade · 05/07/2018 9am
The fourth committee stage of the Social Security Legislation ReWrite was the perfect opportunity to observe the government benches with their hair down, so to speak. Tonight’s session was one of those procedural pantomimes that are a necessary part of the process to progress bills through the house.
by Items on the Balustrade · 26/06/2018 11pm
"All God’s creatures got a place in the choir." Or so Foster and Allen told us. Everyone has a role. You don’t have to be the star. So the Labour party have found a role for Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki and Marja Lubeck.
Criminal Records (Expunging of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offenses) Bill
by Items on the Balustrade · 03/04/2018 11pm
In parliament on Tuesday night, the Criminal Records (Expunging of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offenses) Bill triggered a veritable orgy of virtue signalling. MPs from the government and opposition benches vied to outdo each other in their rush to pin their colours to the mast of the good ...
NZ Parliament Chamber
by Items on the Balustrade · 27/03/2018 9pm
Maybe Thirty odd hardy souls (including officials and spectators) sat through the third reading of the Taxation (Annual Rates for 2017–18, Employment and Investment Income, and Remedial Matters) Bill on Tuesday night. Not a title designed to either draw a crowd or inspire the loftiest rhetoric, but ...