Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill 13 March 2013 – still wanting: Action Station


Families Children and Parents TogetherThe Select Committee’s report was presented to Parliament 13 March 2013

5 year olds can now be kept home but 3 and 4 year olds still have to be in a recognised early childhood education programme

We are still analysing it – take a look at it yourself.

Please contact all MPs and make your concerns known:


Please contact all the MPs via email/letter/phone and visits.

We are not happy with the Select Committee’s report:

Press Release:

My email to MPs to be followed up with a phone call: Letter to MPs

MPs local electorate contact details:

MPs Contact details:

Email list (not completely up-to-date but useful if you don’t have a lot of time to send emails): List Of Members Of Parliament September 2012

MPs to target


Vote at the first reading
Ayes 69 NZ National 59; NZ First 8; ACT NZ 1; United Future 1.
Noes 50 NZ Labour 34; Green Party 13; Maori Party 2; Mana 1.
We need to especially target these MPs who voted for the Bill at the 1st reading
* NZ First 8; ACT New Zealand 1; United Future 1, (Independent 1 new)
* Please also write to National MPs asking them to abstain from voting.

Please call all your friends into action to ask for this Bill to be voted down if the Social Obligations and Sanctions are left in the Bill at the second reading. We need to also ask National MPs to not vote since they are being whipped into voting for the Bill.

Second reading – sometime between the “third sitting day after 13 March 2013 and 1 May 2013

A bill can be read a second time no sooner than the third sitting day after the select committee reports to the House. Members can then debate the main principles of a bill, and any changes recommended by the select committee in its report.

Changes not supported by every committee member are subject to a single vote at the end of the second reading debate.

Changes that are supported by every committee member are automatically included in the bill if the second reading is agreed.

If the vote is lost, that is the end of the bill. If the second reading is agreed, the bill is ready for debate by a committee of the whole House.

Bills are rarely rejected after this stage.

For more information

So we need to be working hard now before the 2nd reading.


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Needing help for your home schooling journey:


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Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill