The Justice and Electoral Select Committee are seeking feedback on the Human Rights Amendment Bill.
The link to the bill is below:
This bill changes the role and structure of the Human Rights Commission from three equal Commissioners with designated roles for HR, Race Relations and Equal Employment Opportunities to an expanded hierarchical HRC which will have one Chief HR Commissioner, and 3-4 non-designated Commissioners. The function of the HRC will include the promotion of racial equality and cultural diversity, the promotion and equal employment opportunity (including pay equity) and an additional focus : to promote and protect the full and equal enjoyment of human rights of persons with disabilities. This is NOT the same thing as having specified Commissioner roles and it does the latter does NOT establish "a full time Disability Rights Commissioner" as inferred in the Bill's Digest ,since there are no specified commissioner roles. The Bill is more explicit about the HRC being able to comment publicly on the government's position in relation to HR, and imposed extra reporting duties.
Feedback Due: Please send comments to Policy analyst Marilyn Head email@example.com, 04 494 6372 by December 15, 2013.
PHARMAC, is seeking feedback on a proposal to amend the Pharmaceutical Schedule rules relating to the Dispensing Frequency rule. If the changes proceed, it would result in increased frequency of subsidised dispensing for some patients in residential care. The paper also includes a proposal to add zopiclone to the Safety Medicines list.
Feedback Due: Please send comments to Policy Analyst, Marilyn Head firstname.lastname@example.org, or 04 494 6372 by Nov 30, 2013.
The National Ethics Advisory Committee (NEAC) are seeking feedback on its draft advice Ethical challenges in advance care planning.
The draft advice explores the ethical challenges that health professionals face in advance care planning. It aims to provide practical assistance to help ensure good outcomes for consumers and health professionals from the advance care planning process. NEAC developed this draft advice with feedback from a range of health professionals. Case studies are used to highlight common ethical challenges that arise. The advice, when finalised, will complement existing resources from the Ministry of Health and the National Advance Care Planning Cooperative, to create a full package of information and advice for the New Zealand context.
Feedback due: Please send comments to Policy Analyst Māori, Leanne Manson email@example.com or 044946389 by 6 December 2013.
The Law Commission welcomes the opportunity to review the second issues paper that focuses on the legal framework of burial and cremation. The second Issues paper has been researched over a 2 year period with preliminary consultation with the Ministry of Health (which administers the Act), local authorities, the cemetery and funeral sector, experts in Māori customary law and representatives of various ethnic communities.
Among the major reforms for public debate are proposals to open the cemetery sector up to alternative providers, including those wishing to establish eco or natural burial sites, and allowing for New Zealanders to be buried on private land such as a family farm.
The Issues Paper for the review of the Burial and Cremation Act is divided into four parts, with parts 2-4 containing consultation questions.
Feedback Due: Please send comments to Policy Advisor, Leanne Manson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 04 494 6389 by December 6, 2013
Proposal P274 – Minimum Age Labelling of Foods for Infants FSANZ is proposing to align the labelling requirements of the infant foods of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code with the current infant feeding guidelines in both countries. The issue is the label recommendation of the age at which babies should move to solid food from breast milk. Allergy risk is increased with solid foods introduced to infants before four months; the critical period of risk is 4 -7 months, but evidence is not conclusive according to the consultation paper link below consultation paper. Randomised trials are currently underway. http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/code/proposals/Documents/P274-Labelinfantfoods-ConsP.pdf
Proposed amendments to Standard 2.9.2 include
FSANZ notes that a statement indicating the consistency of the food continues to be required. Consequential amendments and a small number of corrections to the Standard are also proposed.
Feedback Due: Please send comments to Policy Analyst, Marilyn Head email@example.com, 04 494 6372 by November 1, 2013
This Bill is an outcome of the government's Children's Action Plan following the Green and White Papers on Vulnerable Children. Its main provision is for safety checking of Children's workers. A best practice guideline for screening and vetting is being developed concurrently. The Bill has significant resourcing and employment implications.
NZNO has concerns about the cost and capacity of the health system in meeting requirements for extensive and regular checking of those working with children, including nurses and healthcare assistants; and the procedural fairness of some processes which are not consistent with the 'good faith' obligations of Employment Relations Act.
The Bill can be downloaded here http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/legislation/bills/digests/50PLLaw20891/vulnerable-children-bill-2013-bills-digest-no-2089
and you may also find the Summary Bills Digest http://www.parliament.nz/resource/0001839386
and Regulatory Impact statements
Feedback Due: Please send comments to Policy Analyst, Marilyn Head firstname.lastname@example.org, (04 494 6372) by Friday 18 October, 2013.