Five bills in Parliament this week

The Government intends dealing with five bills this week before Parliament adjourns on Thursday for the summer recess, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Two new bills will be taken through all their stages under urgency.

One will repeal the biofuel sales obligation on petrol companies and the other will repeal the ban on new thermal power generation.

The Government has previously announced its decisions on both those issues.

Another new bill, the Domestic Violence (Enhancing Safety) Amendment Bill, will be given its first reading and sent to a select committee for public submissions.

The bill gives the police powers to issue instant protection orders for domestic violence victims.

The last two items -- the Corrections Amendment Bill No 2 and the Criminal Proceeds Recovery Bill -- were introduced by the previous government and have been carried over to the new Parliament.

Mr Key said as much progress as possible would be made on them.

He said Parliament's recall date after the summer recess was February 10.


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