12 Oct 2010

Question Time for 12 October 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:00 pm on 12 October 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. HILARY CALVERT to the Attorney-General: Will he support my proposed amendment to the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill to include a specific prohibition on customary title holders charging for public access to New Zealand beaches such as is provided for in the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004; if not, why not? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that by early 2010 New Zealand will be coming out of the recession "reasonably aggressively"? 3. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What actions has the Government taken to increase student places at universities? 4. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Transport: What impact, if any, will the outcome of the local government elections have on his priorities for transport funding? 5. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to the New Zealand High Commissioner's apology to the Indian Government for Paul Henry's on-air comments: "It doesn't matter that the words don't come out of my mouth. They've come out of the mouth of the High Commissioner, but they have been the instructions of the New Zealand Government"? 6. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister of Housing: What announcement has he recently made that supports the Government's aim of improving the provision of affordable housing in New Zealand? 7. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What recent reports, if any, has she received on unemployment in New Zealand? 8. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Agriculture: How is the Government working with Fonterra to progress its capital restructuring plans? 9. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement in January this year that "as New Zealand emerges from recession, the Government's focus has firmly shifted towards significantly lifting our economic performance"? 10. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What is the purpose of the AA EnergyWise Rally, organised by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority? 11. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Broadcasting: Has TVNZ made any agreement to make a payment to Paul Henry on his resignation? 12. KEITH LOCKE to the Prime Minister: Will he follow the example of world leaders Barack Obama and Angela Merkel and congratulate the latest Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo; if not, why not?