Parliament in urgency to push through laws

04:13, Oct 20 2009

Parliament is going to sit longer hours over the next few weeks as it pushes through priority legislation.

An urgency motion passed this afternoon 64 to 53.

Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee said urgency was needed for the first reading of the Subordinate Legislation (Confirmation and Validation) Bill, the remaining stages of the Land Transport (Enforcement Powers) Amendment Bill, Vehicle Confiscation and Seizure Bill, Social Assistance Payments of New Zealand Pensions and Veterans Pensions Overseas Amendment Bill, Sentencing Offender Levy Amendment Bill, and Domestic Violence Enhancing Safety Bill.

Mr Brownlee said there would also be bills introduced.

There would still be question time.

A spokesman for Mr Brownlee said urgency would be used fairly often in the next couple of months as the Government sought about 30 additional hours.

The Government wanted to get through legislation that it started during its first 100 days in office, before the end of the year.