20 Oct 2009

Question time for 20 October 2009

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:07 pm on 20 October 2009

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Will he accept Labour's offer to work together to reduce ACC levies for hard-working New Zealanders facing increasing costs? 2. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Is it a coincidence that under the proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme, forestry and fishing, which have significant Maori ownership, are being offered a fixed amount of free allocations for a limited time, while other industries are being offered an uncapped amount that will last for decades? 3. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What did publication of the Crown's accounts for the year to 30 June 2009 reveal? 4. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What does she say to the over 53,000 people who signed petitions seeking reinstatement of funding to night classes delivered through high schools and community groups, about their future lack of access to second-chance education including literacy and numeracy skills resulting from her funding cuts? 5. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister for ACC: What evidence does he have that victims of sexual abuse suffer from clinical mental disorders; and why is he insisting that victims of sexual abuse will have to be diagnosed with a clinical mental disorder from the American Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Version Four before their claims for ACC-funded counselling are accepted? 6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for ACC: What is the proposed increase in ACC levy fees for a car and how much would it have been if the date for full funding of the Motor Vehicle Account is not extended? 7. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister of Justice: What progress has been made on the Government's plan to hold a referendum on the electoral system as set out in National's election policy? 8. Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Minister of Education: What is her current reason for proposing to close Aorangi School? 9. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made about Trade Academies? 10. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement"I certainly would describe my style as open and transparent"? 11. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister of Police: Has she received any feedback from the Police on the Government's Action Plan on Methamphetamine? 12. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he accept the judgement of the report card released on 16 October 2009 by Action Aid that ranks New Zealand last out of 22 donor countries for the quality of its aid programme for hunger relief and sustainable agriculture; and what does he propose to do to improve New Zealand's performance?