9 Feb 2011

Question Time for 9 February 2011

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:05 pm on 9 February 2011

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement on the sale of state assets that "we do want to sell to Kiwi mums and dads as a priority"? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What will be the focus of Budget 2011 and the Government's wider economic programme this year? 3. Hon CHRIS CARTER to the Minister of Education: Does she agree with Rt Hon John Key's comment at Waitangi's Te Tii Marae last year that improving education outcomes for Māori children would help address rising Māori unemployment? 4. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Why is he not calling for the immediate resignation of Hosni Mubarak as Egypt's President? 5. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: In light of his statement "I have spoken previously of my concerns about a growing underclass, and vulnerable children are at the heart of that issue", what specific improvements has his Government made to address both the underclass and vulnerable children in New Zealand? 6. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: How did the Government's tax package in October contribute to increasing New Zealanders' real, after-tax earnings? 7. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister's statement "New Zealand's government debt as a percentage of GDP relative to the other countries is low, in other words we don't owe very much"? 8. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Agriculture: What major developments in primary sector innovation has he recently announced? 9. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement yesterday about SOEs that "we want to give New Zealanders a chance to invest in these assets"? 10. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Labour: What reports has she received regarding the effects of the 90-day trial period on job creation? 11. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Health: Does he believe affordable access to primary health care for children under six is important for delivering health outcomes; if so, how much does he believe parents should pay when they take children to see a doctor in 2011? 12. Hon RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Finance: What would the top rate of tax need to be to implement a $5000 tax-free threshold, reverse the