Great government roundup


Key developments in public law, regulation and government for the week ending 30 September 2016.

Public law

The Department of Corrections has been found by the Supreme Court to have misinterpreted and misapplied certain provisions of the Parole Act 2002 relating to the periods of imprisonment that are treated as time served. At least 21 prisoners are immediately affected by the decision.

The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee is considering the New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill. The Bill implements the Government response to the Report of the First Independent Review of Intelligence and Security in New Zealand and replaces the four Acts that currently apply to the GCSB, the NZSIS, and their oversight bodies. Submissions on the Bill are due Friday 7 October 2016.

Andrew Butler and Geoffrey Palmer have published A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand, which outlines the authors' case for why New Zealand should adopt a written constitution. The authors plan to consult widely with the public before publishing a revised version in 2017. A website supporting the book is available to view here.

Regulation

The Commerce Commission has published the submissions it has received on our Gas Default Price-Quality Path reset policy paper. Cross submission are due Wednesday 12 October 2016.

The Commerce Commission has released its 2016 Consumer Issues Report, presenting a picture of issues affecting New Zealand consumers.

The Commerce Commission has brought 10 charges against Reckitt Benckiser under the Fair Trading Act alleging that it misled consumer about the nature, characteristics and suitability of its Nurofen specific pain range products.

The Productivity Commission has released its draft report on New Models in Tertiary Education. Submission on the draft as due Monday 21 November 2016.

The Commerce Commission is consulting updated draft guidelines designed to assist lenders when setting credit fees. Submissions are due Monday 24 October 2016.

The Productivity Commission is consulting on its draft report on urban planning, which examines most appropriate system for allocating land use in cities. Submission are due Monday 3 October 2016.

Government

Dame Patsy Reddy has been sworn in as New Zealand's 21st Governor-General. Dame Patsy is the third woman and eighth lawyer to take the role as New Zealand's de facto Head of State.

Professor Neil Quigley has been appointed Chair of the Board of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Professor Quigley replaces Dr Rod Carr who is standing down after 3 years.

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith has announced the appointment of Ainsley McLaren to the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) Board and the reappointment of Sir Bruce Robertson and Simon Hassan to the Disciplinary Committee under the Financial Advisers Act.


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