22 Jun 2010

Question Time for 22 June 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:17 pm on 22 June 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: When he raised human rights with the Chinese delegation last week did he raise the right to freedom of opinion and expression; if not, why not? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Finance: What concerns, if any, has Treasury expressed about the Budget proposal to give the Pacific Economic Development Agency $4.8 million as announced by Hon Georgina Te Heuheu on 20 May 2010? 3. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing new jobs are being created as New Zealand continues to build its economic recovery? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How does she define long-term welfare dependency in light of her statement that "I don't think it's just the length of time, at all"? 5. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree that New Zealand should not be doing more than the rest of the world on climate change and if so, why did he tell the House on 24 September 2009 that "This emissions trading scheme will be the first of any country outside Europe, and on 1 July 2010 will be the most comprehensive by including transport, industrial, and energy emissions"? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement to the Finance and Expenditure Committee that "it is going to be pretty difficult to maintain" the value of New Zealand Post and TVNZ, and if so, will he rule out ever selling these state-owned assets? 7. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What steps is the Government taking to encourage businesses to be more energy efficient? 8. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his recent statements on health services? 9. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What is the Government doing to preserve New Zealand's film heritage? 10. Hon JIM ANDERTON to the Attorney-General: Does he stand by his statement that 2000 kilometres of coastline could be put into customary title? 11. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How much of New Zealand's electricity generated in the March 2010 quarter came from renewable sources? 12. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Housing: What initiatives in Budget 2010 will guarantee that all New Zealanders have access to appropriate and affordable housing?