12 Jul 2011

Question Time for 12 July 2011

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:03 pm on 12 July 2011

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Did his Minister of Finance refer to him a Treasury report dated 4 March 2011 and entitled Extending the Mixed Ownership Model which says with respect to privatising shares in publicly-owned assets that "significant participation by foreign investors will be essential to achieve the Government's overall objectives"? 2. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What lessons are there for the New Zealand economy on how sovereign governments around the world are managing their finances? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: What is the forecast cost to the Crown of foregone dividends and sale costs as a result of his privatisation plan, according to the final A3 page in the Treasury report Extending the Mixed Ownership Model? 4. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister for ACC: What progress has the Government made in better managing ACC claim costs after they increased from $2.1 billion in 2005/06 to $3.1 billion in 2008/09, and how will these help families and businesses? 5. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "we have always been clear that if there was to be any change to our policy on State-owned assets in any way, we would seek the support of New Zealanders at an election, and that is exactly what we will do"? 6. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Justice: Does the Government have any plans to disestablish separate Māori electorates; if not, why not? 7. JACINDA ARDERN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "the Government's been doing what it can practically to stimulate the economy and to create jobs"? 8. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that a capital gains tax would be a "dagger through the heart of growth"? 9. BRENDON BURNS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement on the BBC Hardtalk programme, where he said he didn't share Massey University scientist Mike Joy's view on the state of our rivers, saying "he's one academic, and like lawyers, I could provide you with another one to give you a counter view"? 10. LOUISE UPSTON to the Acting Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent reports has she received on levels of renewable electricity generation? 11. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by his statement of 23 June that the price difference between building flat deck rail wagons in New Zealand and overseas was in the order of 25 percent? 12. AARON GILMORE to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What recent announcements has he made regarding lotteries funding for the community?