17 Nov 2010

Question Time for 17 November 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:03 pm on 17 November 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Labour: Does Hon Tony Ryall's statement that "this Government is focused on actions, rather than endless meetings, strategies, action plans, taskforces, pilots and groups" only apply to the labour portfolio? 2. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government ensuring the economy recovers in a sustainable way that delivers more jobs and builds faster growth? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Has he seen the papers released by the Savings Working Group relating to GST, if so, does he have any intention of increasing GST further? 4. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister of Broadcasting: How will the Television New Zealand Amendment Bill provide appropriate assurance to ensure the participation of Māori and the presence of a significant Māori voice in its programmes and programme planning? 5. JO GOODHEW to the Minister responsible for the Education Review Office: What recent reports has she received from the Education Review Office regarding the implementation of National Standards in schools? 6. SUE MORONEY to the Acting Minister of Women's Affairs: What are her priorities in the Women's Affairs portfolio? 7. Hon RODNEY HIDE to the Attorney-General: Does he stand by his statements that Ngāti Kahu protesters at Taipa Bay can "go to hell" and "I think they're stupid", and can he assure New Zealanders that such protests are not a foretaste of things to come under his Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill? 8. Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: Have recent events at Taipa had an impact on the progress of the Muriwhenua Treaty of Waitangi land claims settlements? 9. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on the Puhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance? 10. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Are the proposed changes to the Holidays Act 2003 being progressed under urgency this week part of the Government's plans to close the wage gap with Australia and reduce the number of Kiwi workers moving to Australia? 11. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What progress has been made on the Government's Youth Opportunities Programme? 12. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Conservation: Why did she decline the proposed Dan Rogers Marine Reserve in Akaroa Harbour on the grounds that it would adversely affect recreational fishing?