18 Aug 2010

Question Time for 18 August 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:02 pm on 18 August 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he still believe that New Zealand is coming out of recession "reasonably aggressively"? 3. DAVID GARRETT to the Attorney-General: Are iwi and hapu who gain ownership of the foreshore and seabed by negotiation with the Government likely to gain a title with greater or different rights from those granted by the Courts? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with all of the Prime Minister's statements on compulsory savings? 5. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister of Police: What actions are being taken by the Police to protect New Zealand children from exploitation via the Internet? 6. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister of Health: Will he take the final decision on the future configuration of South Island neurosurgery services if wide consensus cannot be reached; if not, why not? 7. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he expect that climate change will result in an increase in extreme weather events such as floods, and if so, what steps is he taking to prepare for such an increase? 8. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree that New Zealanders wish to see measurable interim milestones between now and 2025 to achieve pay parity with Australia, so as to assess whether the Government is making any progress on this goal? 9. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Transport: What actions has the Government taken to improve the safety of taxi drivers? 10. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he stand by his statements at the Australia New Zealand Climate Change and Business Conference last week? 11. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Customs: What reports has he received about the performance of the SmartGate system? 12. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Is it her intention that an employer is entitled to advertise a vacancy with a 90-day trial period where an employee can be dismissed with no reason given, as a condition of employment under the current Employment Relations Act?