16 Mar 2010

Question time for 16 March

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:15 pm on 16 March 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his comments with regard to mining in the conservation estate? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any recent reports about the state of the New Zealand economy; if so, what do they reveal? 3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: How many jobs have resulted from his Job Summit held in February 2009? 4. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: Is NIWA's principal climate scientist Dr Brett Mullan correct when he says in relation to NIWA's Seven Station Temperature Series that NIWA "had the original data, knew the method of calculations, and we have the answers", and will he require NIWA to release the method of calculations and the actual calculations, commonly known as a Schedule of Adjustments, which would allow independent scientists to replicate NIWA's results? 5. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: What recent advice, if any, has he received outlining the effect of an increase in GST on families? 6. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What improvements has the Government announced for rural broadband services? 7. HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister of Local Government: Kei te whakaae ia ki tā Local Government New Zealand i kōrero nei, ka raru te manapori o Aotearoa mēnā ka riro mā ngā Council Controlled Organisations e whakapau ngā piriona tāra neke atu mō ngā ratonga Kāwanatanga, ā, ka aha tana whakautu i aua whakapae me ērā hoki a mana whenua mō te whakatūranga o te kaunihera hou "Supercity" i Tāmaki Makaurau? o Translation: Does he agree with Local Government New Zealand that democracy will be threatened by handling over billions of dollars worth of services to Government-appointed Council Controlled Organisations; and how will he address that criticism, and criticism by mana whenua, in the establishment of the new "Supercity" council in Auckland? 8. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements regarding health services? 9. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Police: Has she received any progress reports on the rollout of Tasers to New Zealand police officers? 10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Conservation: Does she support the Department of Conservation's first stated strategic approach "to promote the benefits and value of conservation in New Zealand"? 11. COLIN KING to the Minister of Agriculture: What steps has the Government recently made to progress domestic agriculture greenhouse gas research? 12. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Will he call on the Japanese Government to release New Zealand citizen Peter Bethune of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society?