14 Sep 2011

Question Time for 14 September 2011

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:01 pm on 14 September 2011

Questions to Ministers 1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister for the Rugby World Cup; and in his Minister's handling of the Government's relationship with the Auckland Council? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Did he raise with the Minister for the Rugby World Cup the need to utilise the provisions of the Rugby World Cup 2011 (Empowering) Act 2010 before the opening night; if not, why not? 3. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Finance: How is the New Zealand economy placed to withstand current global financial market uncertainty? 4. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister for the Rugby World Cup: Has he received any reports or briefings, verbal or written, since he became the Minister for the Rugby World Cup on the ability of downtown Auckland to host Rugby World Cup 2011 related events and what were the dates of those briefings? 5. Hon JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Justice: Does the Government share the Chief Justice's "grave concern" stated in her 25 February submission on the Criminal Procedure (Reform and Modernisation) Bill that the proposed notification of issues in dispute in advance of trial and also at the commencement of trial is "contrary to longstanding principle, being inconsistent with a defendant's right to have the prosecution prove its case beyond reasonable doubt, not being obliged to assist the prosecution by volunteering information"; if not, why not? 6. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Does he accept any responsibility for the failure of the train services in Auckland on Friday night? 7. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What progress has been made in providing improved access to surgical specialist assessments over the last three years? 8. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she agree with the report by the Human Rights Commission released in June entitled Tracking Equality at Work that "unless action is taken urgently, the youth situation will become unsustainable, representing a threat to social cohesion"? 9. AARON GILMORE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Has the Government made any recent announcements on the Canterbury Temporary Accommodation Assistance Payment? 10. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: What advice, if any, has she recently received on the value of the minimum wage relative to the cost of living? 11. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What action is the Government taking to ensure overseas-based student loan borrowers are meeting their repayment obligations? 12. DAVID SHEARER to the Minister of Transport: Is he satisfied that the Pūhoi to Wellsford road of national significance represents good value for money and has had its costs and benefits adequately assessed?