19 Aug 2010

Question Time for 19 August 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:03 pm on 19 August 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by her statement that the Government has an "unrelenting focus on jobs and work"? 2. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? 3. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister of Defence: Is he satisfied that the removal of a document entitled "Defence Review 2009" from the office of his then Associate Minister does not represent a security breach? 4. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What progress has been made in upgrading New Zealand's national grid? 5. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: What differences, if any, is he expecting New Zealand research to show on the effect of a blood alcohol level of between 0.05 percent and 0.08 percent on a New Zealand driver compared to an Australian driver? 6. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Labour: Why is the Government introducing legislation to restrict union access to workplaces when the Department of Labour advises that there is no "widespread evidence" of union representatives misusing the current system? 7. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Tertiary Education: How will his policy of restricting access to student loans for thousands of people and allowing tertiary institutions to shut out thousands of students from enrolling, support New Zealanders of all educational and social backgrounds to achieve their potential? 8. MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Labour: What changes has she announced regarding public holidays? 9. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: When she said that the 90-day scheme "is voluntary" and "is not compulsory", did she mean that an employer could not make a 90-day trial a compulsory condition of employment? 10. PAUL QUINN to the Minister for Building and Construction: What progress has been made on the Government's financial assistance package for owners of leaky homes? 11. Hon STEVE CHADWICK to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: What are his priorities for the Consumer Affairs portfolio? 12. JO GOODHEW to the Minister of Civil Defence: What actions has he taken recently to increase civil defence awareness?