19 May 2010

Question Time for 19 May 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:04 pm on 19 May 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What will Budget 2010 deliver for New Zealanders? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: When he told Kiwis that they should not be envious if the rich get more from the Budget tax package because they were in core and critical categories for the economy, what was he telling middle and low income New Zealanders about their importance to New Zealand? 3. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What reports has he seen on the introduction of the ETS in the last week? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: What are the most significant ways in which the wealthy avoid tax, and will these loopholes be closed in Budget 2010? 5. MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Commerce: What is he doing to promote 'mum and dad' investor confidence in financial markets? 6. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Corrections: Does she stand by her statement in November last year about convicted rapist Maka Renata, "an intensive plan has been put in place to manage this offender's reintegration, which involves police. Agencies will be taking every step possible under the law to ensure the safety of the public."? 7. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Customs: What reports has he received on seizures of methamphetamine precursor at the border? 8. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: Does he agree with the Prime Minister's comment reported by Tamati Kruger that Tūhoe ownership of Te Urewera National Park was "complex but workable"? 9. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Immigration: What interest has there been in the Government's recently introduced Silver Fern visa? 10. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Local Government: Does he stand by his statement regarding his Auckland reforms that "in my view all aspects of the reform process are progressing well…"? 11. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his position that the Government should not borrow in order to make contributions to the NZ Superannuation Fund; if so, will the Government have to borrow to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy, new motorways that may have no financial return, and for subsidies to greenhouse polluters? 12. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Prime Minister: Does he believe that his Government should be transparent in all matters where conflicts of interest or perceived conflicts of interest may occur between his Ministers' personal interests and matters before his Government?