18 May 2010

Question Time for 18 May 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:19 pm on 18 May 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements as Prime Minister; if so, why? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on how the economy is rebalancing towards savings and away from debt? 3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for ACC: Does he stand by all his recent statements on ACC? 4. HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: He aha ngā reta, aha atu rānei, mai i a Tūwharetoa, Taranaki, Whanganui, Ngāi Tahu kua whiwhi i a ia e mea ana, ko te awhero a ngā iwi nei kia rite anō te hua o ō rātou whiriwhiringa whakataunga mō te Tiriti pēnā i whakaae te Kāwanatanga ki te tuku i te tino rangatiratanga katoa o Te Urewera ki a Ngāi Tūhoe? o Translation: What correspondence, if any, has he received from Tūwharetoa, Taranaki, Whanganui and Ngāi Tahu to suggest that these iwi would have expected the same outcome in their Treaty negotiations settlement, had the Government agreed to fully vest the park in Tūhoe ownership? 5. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Building and Construction: What recent announcements has the Government made regarding providing financial assistance to owners of leaky homes? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: How much of the increased tobacco excise arising from the Excise and Excise-equivalent Duties Table (Tobacco Products) Amendment Act 2010 will be allocated to tobacco addiction prevention and smoking cessation support and treatment? 7. Hon RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: Has he seen Hon Barry Brill's article Crisis in New Zealand climatology raising questions regarding the integrity of NIWA's "seven-station" series, published on Quadrant Online and picked up by Anthony Watts' science news site, and what action, if any, has he taken since becoming Minister to ensure that NIWA maintains reputable scientific standards? 8. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his recent statements on health? 9. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: What actions has the Government taken to improve business research and development? 10. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Prime Minister: During Cabinet or Cabinet Committee consideration of the policy and legislation concerning Environment Canterbury did his Minister for the Environment declare any conflict of interest regarding his family; if so, what did he declare? 11. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What reports has he received on future freight movement in New Zealand? 12. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the advice from Treasury in 2009 that "capital assets are owned disproportionately by higher income families…Taxing capital gains would increase the progressivity of the tax system."; and does he support a more progressive tax system?