16 Feb 2011

Question Time for 16 February 2011

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:35 pm on 16 February 2011

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement with respect to the payment of a dividend by a State-owned enterprise, that the Government expected to receive a return from them because "if we don't how do we pay for our doctors and hospitals and the likes"? 2. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does the Government's commitment to closing the gap with Australia include reducing child poverty? 3. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What progress has the Government made on strengthening New Zealand's economic relationship with Australia? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Has the "underclass" as he called it, increased or decreased since he became Prime Minister? 5. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister of Local Government: What did he mean when he described the Māori Statutory Board as "inherently divisive" and should never have been included in the legislation setting up the Auckland Council? 6. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Minister for Tertiary Education: How will he "build better value out of the interest-free student loan system" as he stated was his Government's intention in his Statement to Parliament last week? 7. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received about the initial success of the Youth Guarantee for 16 and 17 year olds? 8. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Education: Why did he tell 3 News on 31 January 2011 that prices to attend early childhood education centres would not go up? 9. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Police: What actions have been taken by the Police as a result of the Government's focus on tackling organised crime and the drugs trade? 10. PHIL TWYFORD to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? 11. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Customs: What recent reports has he received regarding interceptions of methamphetamine or "P" at the border? 12. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does Working for Families treat vulnerable children equally regardless of the source of their parents' income? Questions to Members 1. CLARE CURRAN to the Chairperson of the Commerce Committee: How many submissions were received on the Financial Markets (Regulators and KiwiSaver) Bill? 2. BRENDON BURNS to the Chairperson of the Local Government and Environment Committee: How many submissions were received on the Environmental Protection Authority Bill? 3. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Chairperson of the Health Committee: How many submissions were received on the Smoke-free Environments (Controls and Enforcement) Amendment Bill? 4. Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Chairperson of the Primary Production Committee: How many submissions were received on the Biosecurity Law Reform Bill? 5. DARIEN FENTON to the Member in charge of the Employment Relations (Secret Ballot for Strikes) Amendment Bill: What is the current status of the Employment Relations (Secret Ballot for Strikes) Amendment Bill? 6. DARIEN FENTON to the Member in charge of the Employment Relations (Secret Ballot for Strikes) Amendment Bill: What is the purpose of the Employment Relations (Secret Ballot for Strikes) Amendment Bill? 7. DARIEN FENTON to the Member in charge of the Employment Relations (Secret Ballot for Strikes) Amendment Bill: Does he intend proposing any changes to the Employment Relations (Secret Ballot for Strikes) Amendment Bill during the committee of the whole House stage? 8. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Member in charge of the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill: What is the current status of the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill? 9. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Member in charge of the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill: What is the purpose of the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill? 10. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Member in charge of the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill: Does she intend proposing any changes to the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill during the committee of the whole House stage?