Crisis Budget next week

Friday June 12, 2020 Written by Published in Economy
Finance Minister Mark Brown said he would release some Budget details in the lead-up to the proposed Budget Breakfast on Friday, June 19. Finance Minister Mark Brown said he would release some Budget details in the lead-up to the proposed Budget Breakfast on Friday, June 19.

Parliament will return on Monday to pass the Budget and other bills.

Jeannine Daniels, the acting Clerk of Parliament, said they were scheduled to sit for two weeks.

The Appropriation Bill would dominate discussions at the upcoming sitting, she said.

Finance Minister Mark Brown said he would release some Budget details in the lead-up to the proposed Budget Breakfast on Friday, June 19.

Apart from the Appropriation Bill, the petition opposing government’s chlorinated water project and a number of bills will be tabled. And on Monday, anti-helmet protesters are expected to gather at Parliament.

MPs from the Opposition and government attended a two-day workshop which started on Monday, to familiarise themselves with the bills.

The Leases Restrictions Amendment Bill 2020, Cook Islands Amendment Bill 2020, Banking Amendment Bill and Seabed Minerals Amendment Bill 2020 were discussed during the workshop.

Jeannine Daniels said the ministries responsible for these bills made PowerPoint presentations to help the MPs understand the context and the purpose of those documents.

“The workshop really is about giving the MPs an opportunity to learn a little bit more about the bills so when they do come in the Parliament sitting and it’s tabled, the discussions and the debate are hopefully more robust,” Daniels said.

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