3 Aug 2010

Question Time for 3 August 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:04 pm on 3 August 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What phased milestones does he have, if any, to achieve his aspirational goal of 90 percent electricity generation from renewable sources by 2025, as stated in his draft energy strategy? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: When he said New Zealand would catch up with Australia, has National since it became Government narrowed or widened the gap in average weekly earnings and levels of employment? 3. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government making progress with its plan to deliver better frontline public services and ensure better value for money for taxpayers? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by her June 2009 statement that stopping "the heinous and incomprehensible abuse of New Zealand's children" is a priority? 5. DAVID GARRETT to the Attorney-General: Will he commit to prohibiting Māori owners from charging other New Zealanders for access to beaches; if not, will he at least limit the amount they can charge to $5, the fee currently charged by the Māori owners of Takou Bay in Northland? 6. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Why have there been numerous announcements of health cuts in the last 20 months if, as he said last week, the health budget in the last 20 months has increased by over $1.3 billion? 7. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Labour: Why is the Government proposing to allow employees to trade up to one week's holiday for cash? 8. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that the quality of reporting to parents of primary school children is better than it was last year? 9. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made about supporting schools to raise student achievement? 10. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Agriculture: Will he ask the Pork Industry Board if they were aware that Thompson and Clark Investigations were collecting information for them on animal rights campaigner Rochelle Rees by means of a tracking device planted under her car; if not, why not? 11. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree that, but for the strategic asset test introduced by Labour, any overseas purchaser of a New Zealand business not including sensitive land, only has to have money, have run a business, show "good character" and not be an ineligible individual under the Immigration Act 1987? 12. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for the Environment: What new measures has the Government introduced to improve the efficiency of processing the approximately 50,000 consents per year under the Resource Management Act 1991?