BARRY COATES (Green): Tēnā koe e Te Māngai. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou. I rise to thank Chris Bishop for bringing this bill to the House. To us, it is a relatively minor change, but a welcome change, to the current regulations. It also gives the chance for us as MPs to look into areas that we do not always look into.
Tēnā koe e Te Māngai o Te Whare. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou. I rise to address this bill. This is about the Supplementary Estimates for the current Budget. Since it is about the Budget, this is about confidence in the current Government. What I wanted to do is go back to the speech from Bill English, when he was Minister of Finance, to look at what the Government's priorities were for this Budget that we are commenting on, and to look at the degree to which the Government has met those priorities and what these revised estimates are therefore about.
Kia ora. Ngā mihi ki a koutou. Kia ora. Well, you know it is time for a change of Government when even the Government MPs are calling it "9 long years". I do not know how many times Alastair Scott, in the previous contribution, called it 9 long years of National. It felt like 9 years just listening to that speech. If viewers wondered why that last member kept looking up during the speech, he was looking at the clock, because after 9 long years there still was not anything to fill 10 minutes of a speech with.
Kia ora, Mr Deputy Speaker. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou. Kia ora. I rise to support this bill but I wish there was some independent Office of Parliament we could go to to actually double check the names of legislation before they are passed tonight, because the last thing we should be calling this bill is the Energy Innovation (Electric Vehicles and Other Matters) Amendment Bill because there is not really much innovation in it, there is no innovative thinking.
Kia ora, Mr Chair. Ngā mihi nui kia ora. I would echo the comments from the honourable member Stuart Nash that Peter Beck is doing a fantastic job. He is a great inspiration to, particularly, young New Zealanders, and hopefully more of them get interested in engineering and science and maths, and dream of a future among the stars. It is truly fantastic.
Kia ora. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou. Kia ora. I rise to support the Outer Space and High-altitude Activities Bill. I was born in 1981, and I am always disappointed that in the 21st century, there are no hoverbikes, there are no hover-skateboards, and there are no flying cars—it does not really feel like the 21st century we were promised from science fiction growing up.
I would also like to touch on the points made by the honourable member, Stuart Nash, regarding consultations, which is clauses 3 to 6 and clauses 8 to 15. I guess it has always been a vexed issue as to what happens with levies, and the ownership and governance when those levies are collected, and how they are actually spent. I think we share some of the concerns around the adequate and appropriate level of consultation, if it is just token.
Kia ora, Mr Speaker. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou, kia ora. In this general debate, I want to speak directly to young New Zealanders. Day in and day out, you are being told by your parents, teachers, and society how to act, and I want to share some good life advice that I have picked up serving a while in this Parliament. It is all pretty simple, common-sense stuff. If you are having a disagreement with someone, do not secretly record them on audiotape. That is just creepy and illegal.
Kia ora, Mr Speaker. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou. Kia ora. I am disgusted—disgusted—with what we are seeing tonight, which is National members who care more about the electoral roll than about New Zealanders voting. At a time when we have got the lowest voting in absolute generations, and when the second biggest party in this Parliament would be did not vote at the last election, National is voting against making it easier to vote. I am disgusted with the arguments we have heard tonight, because they are all in electoral and political self-interest not in the national interest.