Back to Work
Parliament is back in session and the many thousands of people who took a 10 day holiday to take advantage of the Easter break are also hard at it once again.
I do hope you had a restful time at Easter time with family and friends.
I always think of ANZAC Day as our real “New Zealand” day. It’s a time of reflection and thanks for the freedom we enjoy today. In the 1920’s it became a national day of commemoration for the 18,000 New Zealanders and 60,000 Australians who lost their lives during World War I. It’s therefore very sad we had fewer ANZAC services due to the heightened security risk. Let’s hope this is only temporary.
There were 58 services cancelled on Anzac Day, one of them being the service which would normally take place at the Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall Cenotaph. This was the first time in over 60 years in which no service was held. However, in spite of the cancellation, I was able to lay a wreath at the War Memorial and also at the Ranfurly Veterans Home, as I usually do.
Tragedy in Sri Lanka
The slaughter of hundreds of people at Easter Masses in Sri Lanka is truly shocking coming so quickly after the tragic events of Christchurch. We have a large Sri Lankan community in NZ and I had the privilege of attending a vigil at Aotea Square to stand by those who were deeply affected by the tragedy.
Capital Gains Tax Gone
In a rather limp fashion Jacinda Ardern proclaimed the Capital Gains Tax was dead and buried for now at least .The real reason is that some members of the Coalition government could not come to an agreement on this policy. The Greens will be furious considering their Leader James Shaw announced that the government wouldn’t deserve to be re-elected if they didn’t implement a capital gains tax.
End of Life Choice Bill
As the National List MP based in Mt Roskill I hosted a debate on the End of Life Choice Bill last year for the residents of Mt Roskill electorate. Now Members of Parliament will soon exercise a conscience vote for the second time.
Euthanasia is a deeply personal issue. I will be voting against the Bill when it comes before Parliament again. This is not a party-political issue. In my party, some of my colleagues are opposed to the bill and others will support it.
On a lighter note…
When I visited Lake Rotorua recently I had my first experience fishing with my colleagues including Rotorua MP Hon Todd McClay. It went rather well as I caught 4 fish! But it was not just about fishing.
We had a barbecue with the Rotorua Anglers Association members and heard concerns they had about the Conservation of Indigenous Freshwater Fish Amendment Bill in regard to recreational fishing. The bill, related to the protection of indigenous fish, was currently in the select committee stage.
Pink Ribbon Breakfast
I am hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast and would like to invite you to join me in supporting the wonderful work of Breast Cancer Foundation NZ
Friday 17 May, 7.30am
Alisha’s Café, 8 Carr Road
Mt Roskill, Auckland
Please rsvp your attendance by Wednesday 15 May to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (09) 620 6707.
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Dr Parmjeet Parmar
National List MP based in Mt Roskill