Presenting an oral submission to the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill

I have been thinking for awhile about how to approach the next stage of fighting this bill. I knew it had to be broken into two sections. The first before the end of the year and the 2nd next year leading up to the 2nd reading. It seemed that we woud loose momentum over the Christmas holidays so we would need to be careful how we approach this.

Well today it all became clear when I was rung about my opportunity to speak to my submissions to the Select Committee.

It would seem that all the oral submissions will be this year – later this month and early next month.

So the two pronged approach should be this:

1. For the rest of this year making oral submissions and lobbying all the members on the Social Services Select Committee. They have to make their report by 20 March 2013.

2. From the beginning of February lobby all MPs: List Of Members Of Parliament September 2012 especially those who might change their vote from the 1st reading.

1st reading votes:

Ayes 69  National 59; New Zealand First 8; ACT New Zealand 1; United Future 1.
Noes 50  Labour 34; Green Party 13; Maori Party 2; Mana 1.

Public Hearing days in Auckland – Novotel at Auckland airport

30 November 9:00am-5:00pm (only one day)

Public Hearing days in Wellington – Parliament

28 November 9:00 – 10:00am and 3:30 – 6:00pm

3 December 9:ooam – 1:00pm and 2:00-5:00pm

5 December 9:00-1:00am and 3:30-6:00pm

These are public meetings so anyone can attend these meetings. The media might be at them as well.

Presenting oral submissions:

Now that they are beginning to call people in to speak to their submissions we need to think about getting prepared to do this. Remember that even if you can’t appear in person, you can make your oral submission by telephone or teleconference. They have some basic guidelines and advice for you as you prepare for your submission. Click here to read how to make an oral submission.

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From the Smiths:

Updated 5 October 2012:  One year on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here


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Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:


This link is motivational:


Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill (and links)

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2 thoughts on “Presenting an oral submission to the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill

  1. Thanks for all the advice for making an oral submission. I am up on a teleconference on 5 Dec. Trying hard not to feel intimidated – hoping to be well prepared for questions!! I want to read the whole bill – but can’t find it on the gov website or any links here. Can you help me please? Many thanks,

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