23 Feb 2010

Questions for oral answer for 23 February 2010 - part 2

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:53 pm on 23 February 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he still expect that the vast bulk of New Zealanders won't be worse off under his proposed increase to GST and if so, which New Zealanders does he expect will be worse off? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: Why is it so important that the Government rebalance the economy towards savings and exports? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement "substantial gains could be made by aligning the top personal tax rate and the trustee tax rate"? 4. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: What was he referring to when he said his Government would "take action this year to remove particular regulatory roadblocks to … irrigation in Canterbury"? 5. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: What frontline health services are being cut? 6. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister of Police: What reports has she received about serious attacks on New Zealand Police officers over the last few days? 7. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: Does she understand and stand by all statements she has made on national standards? 8. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister of Education: What steps will the Government take to reduce red tape for crèches in gyms and shopping malls? 9. Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Minister of Commerce: What remedies, if any, are available to investors when company directors do not check an investment statement before it is released to the public despite claims that he or she is involved in managing the investment on a day-to-day basis? 10. JO GOODHEW to the Minister for the Environment: What response has he received regarding the independent review of the performance of Environment Canterbury? 11. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by his statement that "I have made it clear that the Government has no intention of mining high-value conservation land"? 12. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Building and Construction: What is the Government doing to assist New Zealanders to build quality homes and buildings?