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MP's explosives bill likely to pass

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/11/2016

Parliament is going to debate a bill that proposes increasing the penalty for providing explosives to commit a crime from the current maximum of two years in jail to five years.

It was drafted by National MP Alastair Scott and was drawn from the ballot on Thursday.

It's expected to be supported by the government, which means it's likely to be passed into law.

"Individuals simply carrying or possessing dangerous weapons unlawfully are potentially liable for a longer imprisonment term than an individual who knowingly provides explosives intended to endanger property or people," Mr Scott said.

"That's just not right."

Another bill drawn, also drafted by a National MP, was one that proposes giving the film and literature censors, and the High Court, the power to make interim restriction orders.

It's in the name of Chris Bishop, who says it will avoid a repeat of the "unfortunate banning" of Into the River for six weeks in 2015.

"That revealed an anomaly in the law ... there were only two options, to ban the book entirely or leave it unrestricted before the board met," he said.

It's also likely to be passed.

The third bill drawn on Thursday was drafted by Labour's Nanaia Mahuta.

It seeks to bring charter schools under the provisions of the Official Information Act and the Ombudsmen Act.

Charter schools are currently exempt.

"My bill lifts the veil of secrecy around these private schools," Ms Mahuta said after it had been drawn from the ballot.

"It just doesn't make sense that these publicly-funded schools are exempt from scrutiny and accountability measures applied to every other publicly-funded school in the country."

To get anywhere it will need support from at least one of the government's support partners.

All three bills will go on the order paper for a first reading.

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