4 Aug 2010

Question Time for 4 August 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:25 pm on 4 August 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Why does he continue to deny that during his term as Prime Minister, the wage gap between Australian and New Zealand workers has grown, when both the figures he tabled in the House last week and the Parliamentary Library figures he referred to in his answer yesterday show that it has? 2. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What decision has he made regarding the regulation of mobile phone termination rates? 3. Hon JIM ANDERTON to the Prime Minister: Is the gap between our wages and wages in Australia and other parts of the world getting wider; if so, why is this occurring? 4. JO GOODHEW to the Minister of Agriculture: What measures has the Government recently taken to progress community irrigation schemes? 5. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her recent statement "If you tell people don't call the Police if you're getting beaten up at home, because that's a family issue, then you're going to see your crime rates drop. That's not something I'm prepared to do."? 6. HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister of Conservation: Kua hoatu e ia he tohutohu ki te Attorney-General kia whai mana ai, kia whai kāwanatanga ai hoki ngā hapū me ngā iwi ki ngā rāhui tapu i te moana; i roto i ngā ture takutai moana hou; ā, he aha aua tohutohu? o Translation: Has she provided any advice to the Attorney-General, regarding the opportunity for hapū and iwi governance and management of rāhui tapu (marine reserves) to be encompassed in the proposed foreshore and seabed replacement regime, and what was the nature of that advice? 7. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Economic Development: When I asked him last Thursday will he give us a milestone date by which the wage gap with Australia will stop getting wider, when he replied "I will give that some consideration", how much longer will he need for his consideration? 8. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What recent progress has the Government made towards its goal of settling historical Treaty of Waitangi claims by 2014? 9. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Women's Affairs: Is she concerned that the Quarterly Employment Survey released yesterday shows that the average wage gap between men and women has grown to 12.8 percent? 10. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Tertiary Education: Is he satisfied with how enrolments are being managed in the tertiary sector; if not, what actions is he taking? 11. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Why has the New Zealand 2011 Festival Lottery Fund been created? 12. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister of Labour: How many complaints, if any, about union access to the workplace being abused by unions or union members has she received since becoming the Minister of Labour?