10 Dec 2009

Question time for 10 December 2009

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:05 pm on 10 December 2009

Questions to ministers 1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his comment "this Government is not prepared to turn its back on our most vulnerable citizens"? 2. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What were the main findings of the Ministerial Review into the electricity market? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his recent statements? 4. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Education: Kei te tautoko a ia i tā Ngā Kura-ā-Iwi o Aotearoa kōrero e pā ana ki ngā mānukanuka mō ngā whakamātautau Reo Māori "E hē ana te pūnaha takirua e hoatu nei i te mana ōrite ki te ākonga whai reo Māori, ahakoa ko tōna reo taketake, ko tōna reo tuarua rānei tana reo Māori"; arā ka aha ia ki te whakatika i tēnei "hē kino"? * Translation: Does she agree with Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa's concerns about te reo Māori exams that "A double standard prevails, one for te reo Māori pathway pupils for whom English is their first language and another for te reo rangatira pathway pupils for whom Māori is their first language" and what actions will she take to correct what they suggest is a "horrendous wrong"? 5. MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister for ACC: How much has it been necessary to increase ACC levies and how do these compare to those recommended by the ACC Board? 6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Attorney-General: Will the threshold tests for the establishment of customary interest in the foreshore or seabed be altered from those which currently apply under the current Foreshore and Seabed Act; if so, will those new thresholds be defined in statute or left to the Courts? 7. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What progress has been made on the Government's summer school holiday programmes? 8. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Prime Minister: Which specific countries was he referring to in the House yesterday when he said in response to my question, "countries that will find it easier than us" should do better than 40 percent in order to offset New Zealand's "failure to act" on climate change? 9. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: When she named Professor John Hattie yesterday as an academic who supported both national standards and the Government's implementation methods did she take into account the views he expressed to her with other academics in their letter of 25 November 2009? 10. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Education: When will parents receive plain English reports against the National Standards and why? 11. Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Minister of Justice: Does he have any evidence to support the hearsay reported by Dame Margaret Bazley in her final report on the Legal Aid Review that "up to 80 percent of the lawyers practising in the Manukau District Court could be gaming the system"; if not, will he apologise for any damage to their reputations this has caused? 12. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Corrections: What advice has she received recently about the work that is under way to expand employment opportunities and training for prisoners?