21 Jul 2010

Question Time for 21 July 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:02 pm on 21 July 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. DAVID GARRETT to the Attorney-General: Further to the Prime Minister's answer to oral question No. 3 yesterday, what are "the concerns that New Zealanders had about solely having Crown ownership of the foreshore and seabed", and how does the Government's proposal to legislate for iwi ownership of the foreshore and seabed alleviate these concerns? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: When he told Parliament in February that "the Government will also be looking at regulations that may be preventing natural resources being used most productively" and that it would "make significant changes to Schedule 4", was his intention to allow mining in National Parks and protected areas? 3. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in getting the economy growing and helping Kiwi families get ahead? 4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Economic Development: How many Cabinet papers has he in his capacity as Minister of Economic Development submitted to Cabinet during the last six months which were not related to mining? 5. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister of Revenue: How was he able to make any estimate of the cost of taking GST off healthy foods when in his view defining what those healthy foods are is a real problem? 6. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Labour: Was it the Government's intention when it introduced the 90-day employment scheme that the usual requirement to communicate the reasons for dismissal in writing to the employee after they are dismissed does not apply when an employee has been dismissed during their trial period? 7. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister for Infrastructure: What progress is the Government making with its multi-billion dollar infrastructure programme? 8. Hon CHRIS CARTER to the Minister of Conservation: Why did she sign off on a Cabinet paper which proposed removing 467,517 hectares of land from Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act? 9. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made to get schools ready for ultra-fast broadband? 10. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does she stand by her statements that concerns raised about the Government's proposed changes to sick leave policy are "ridiculous" and "laughable"? 11. COLIN KING to the Minister for the Environment: What will be the implications for the applications for the Hurunui water project, the Hurunui water conservation order, and the Hurunui River plan of the proposal by Commissioners to impose a moratorium on water takes under the Environment Canterbury (Temporary Commissioners and Improved Water Management) Act 2010? 12. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Can he confirm that, as reported on Radio New Zealand, the Government believes it has public support to expand mining on conservation land?