22 Sep 2010

Question Time for 22 September 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:06 pm on 22 September 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister of Finance: How much demand has there been for the tax calculator taxguide.govt.nz and what are some of the benefits it confirms from the tax changes on 1 October? 2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for the Environment: Will he recommend the adoption of the Board of Inquiry's proposed National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management now that the Land and Water Forum has reported back; if so, when? 3. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he believe that all his ministers have met the requirement of the Cabinet Manual to behave in a way that upholds, and is seen to uphold, the highest ethical standards in their ministerial capacity, their political capacity and their personal capacity; if so, why? 4. AARON GILMORE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on New Zealand's economic growth? 5. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with the Fresh Start for Freshwater report that sustainable reform must reflect the values and interest of both Treaty partners, and what strategies does he have in mind to recognise this? 6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "We are boosting New Zealand Superannuation and Veterans' Pension to fairly compensate for the GST rise"? 7. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for the Environment: What progress has the Government made on improving freshwater management in New Zealand, and the collaborative process outlined in National's 2006 Bluegreen Vision document and 2008 election policy? 8. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does the Government's tax calculator still omit the effect of inflation when attempting to establish whether members of the public will gain or lose from his Budget 2010 tax switch; if so, why? 9. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Broadcasting: Will he ensure accessibility to Rugby World Cup television broadcasts for the Deaf community by requiring captioning on all public channels; and, will he remind all broadcasters of their obligations to provide reasonable access for the Deaf community under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities? 10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Land Information: When does he expect to announce the decision on the sale of the Crafar Farms? 11. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on developing the commuter rail network in Auckland? 12. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does she stand by all statements that she has made and that have been made on her behalf in relation to the Employment Relations Amendment Bill (No 2)?