Reply from Select Committee posted below
We encourage concerned persons to contact the Select Committee to enquire as to why such an important and far reaching bill, is being treated with such urgency.
From: Abortion Legislation Committee AbortionLegislationCommittee@parliament.govt.nz]
Sent: Thursday, 3 October 2019 12:46 PM
To: Right to Life – Ken <email@example.com>
Subject: RE: Oral submissions
Kia ora Ken,
It is up to each committee to determine how long to allocate to each oral submission on an item of business. The first oral submissions made to the committee, from both ALRANZ and Family First New Zealand, were scheduled for 30 minutes. This was before the submissions period had closed, and before the committee had made overall decisions about hearing oral submissions. The committee has now made broader decisions about hearing oral submissions, including the time allocated to submitters. The details of these decisions and the committee’s consideration are confidential to the committee.
Select committees are not obligated to hear from all, or any, submitters who request to make an oral submission on a bill. It is up to each committee to decide how it wants to receive evidence, both written and oral, on any item of business.
The Abortion Legislation Bill is due to be reported back to the House on 8 February 2020, six months after being referred, which is the standard length of time for select committee consideration of a bill. The length of time the committee has to consider the bill could have been varied by the Minister in charge of the bill at the first reading stage, or could be extended by a determination of the Business Committee. It would be a decision for the Abortion Legislation Committee to request that the Business Committee extend the time for reporting back to the House, and a decision for the Business Committee of whether to accept that request.