10 Aug 2011

Question Time for 10 August 2011

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:02 pm on 10 August 2011

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Why did he flag labour market reforms as a way to protect New Zealand against global volatility, instead of flagging up-skilling New Zealanders and introducing a tax regime that does not load investment incentives in favour of property rather than the productive and export sectors? 2. Hon JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "this Government is resolved to running responsible fiscal policy and building an internationally competitive economy"? 3. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Finance: What measures has the Government taken to ensure New Zealand's financial system is better placed to minimise fallout from current global market volatility? 4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Health: Will he approve changes to hospital and primary health services that do not enjoy community and clinical support? 5. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received about further investment in new technology to improve productivity and patient care? 6. STUART NASH to the Minister of Finance: In what way is New Zealand "better placed to withstand" a financial crisis than 3 years ago given that before he came in to office the Government was running a surplus and core Crown net debt was just 1 percent of GDP and now the Government is running record deficits and net debt is 20 percent of GDP? 7. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Transport: What actions has the Government taken to help lower the road toll among young drivers? 8. KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement from Question Time of 6 July 2011 that "Initial assessments of 1,445 of this year's charters indicate that 87 percent were compliant"? 9. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What is the Government doing to improve outcomes for vulnerable children? 10. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Commerce: What steps has the Government taken to prepare the public for the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act coming into force? 11. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement "we don't actually have a procurement policy. We have a set of assumptions, prejudices, habits and an Auditor-General."? 12. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his responses to Oral Question No 6 on Overseas Investment Rules Review on 6 April 2011; if so, what regulations are in place to prevent sensitive forestry land from being sold on the open market into foreign ownership? Questions to Members 1. Hon GEORGE HAWKINS to the Chairperson of the Local Government and Environment Committee: When will the Manukau City Council (Regulation of Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill be reported back to the House?