28 Sep 2011

Question Time for 28 September 2011

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:12 pm on 28 September 2011

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement on TV3 yesterday that "we may just muddle through" the current economic situation? 2. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Finance: What information has he received about how the New Zealand economy might be affected by the economic and fiscal issues in the United States and Europe? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: By what percentage did GDP per capita fall between the June 2008 year and the June 2011 year? 4. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How is Work and Income working proactively to support young people into employment? 5. Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Prime Minister: When he said "if we want to be the insurer of last resort right here as we stand today, everyone needs to understand what we're signing up for", was he indicating his acceptance of the Government undertaking that role, or was he ruling it out? 6. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister for the Environment in light of the Auditor-General's report released yesterday that states, "there is still some way to go if we are to halt and reverse the declining trends in freshwater quality"? 7. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister of Corrections: What progress has the Government made toward its commitment to double the number of prisoners receiving drug and alcohol treatment? 8. BRENDON BURNS to the Prime Minister: Does the Prime Minister stand by all his public statements on water quality in New Zealand? 9. Hon JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Labour: Does she stand by her statement in relation to the abolition of the youth minimum wage that "we were concerned it would price young people off the job market"; if so, why? 10. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by Housing New Zealand's commitment that the Tamaki Transformation Programme will not reduce the existing number of State houses in the Tamaki area; if so, why? 11. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister of Police: Has she investigated reports that Taupō police were racially motivated when questioning the senior rugby writer for the Pretoria News, Vata Ngobeni; and if so, what conclusions has she reached regarding his statement that he was targeted as the "unlucky black man in Taupō"? 12. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Education: What progress has been made on the Youth Guarantee? Questions to Members 1. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Chairperson of the Commerce Committee: Further to her answers to Oral Question No 2 to Members yesterday, has she called a meeting of the Commerce Committee to hear submissions on the petition of Allen Hair, on the annuities payable to members of the Government Superannuation Fund and the National Provident Fund; if not, why not? 2. CLARE CURRAN to the Chairperson of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee: Has he requested any written submissions on the petition of George Laird, signed by nearly 14,000 people, calling on the Government to retain the Hillside and Woburn workshops?