10 Feb 2010

Question time for 10 February 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:05 pm on 10 February 2010

Questions to ministers 1. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: Why is the Government embarking on a comprehensive economic programme in 2010? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on GST? 3. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on support for National Standards? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What action, if any, is she taking to address unemployment? 5. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Prime Minister: When he referred yesterday to avoiding "overly-ambitious climate change targets", did he mean that the minimum target of 25-40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, which the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says is necessary to keep global warming below two degrees, is overly ambitious? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: What advice, if any, has he received outlining the effect of an increase in GST on families? 7. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What evidence does he have that oil and gas production has the potential to lift New Zealand's economic growth? 8. Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Māori Affairs: What advice, if any, has he received from Te Puni Kōkiri on the effect a rise in GST will have on the well-being of Māori families? 9. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard that "I don't think we can catch Australia", but "there's a lot of crumbs come off the Australian table we can take advantage of"? 10. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does she stand by her statement "The goal is to match Australian income levels by 2025" and if so, will the 25 cent change in the minimum wage achieve that? 11. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on the Christchurch Motorways Road of National Significance? 12. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Youth Affairs: Does she agree with commentator Bernard Hickey that the Prime Minister's statement yesterday sent a clear message to young New Zealanders "leave the country now"?