15 Jun 2011

Question Time for 15 June 2011

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:03 pm on 15 June 2011

Questions to Ministers 1. HILARY CALVERT to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement that "early childhood education is a good investment for our young New Zealanders"; if so, why? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "the vast majority of New Zealanders are now better off, even after the GST increase"; if so, which New Zealanders are worse off? 3. MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Finance: What economic benefits does the Government expect from extending the mixed-ownership model to four State-owned energy companies? 4. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his reported statement of 30 May "Are we deeply unequal? I'm not sure that's right. I haven't had a really good look…"? 5. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: What is his current best estimate of the cost of the sale of State-owned assets? 6. JO GOODHEW to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How is the Government working to support and protect our most vulnerable children in care? 7. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Transport: Were all comments he made on behalf of the Prime Minister in response to Oral Question five yesterday accurate? 8. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What reports has he received on recent developments there have been to promote New Zealand literature and culture? 9. DAVID SHEARER to the Minister of Defence: Does he still agree with all of the statements made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs on that Minister's use of RNZAF aircraft to travel to Vanuatu in February of this year? 10. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister for ACC: What action has the Government taken to deliver on its 2008 election promise to "investigate the introduction of an independent disputes tribunal to end ACC's dual role of judge and jury on disputed claims"? 11. Dr RAJEN PRASAD to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that appropriate consultation has taken place with local residents directly affected by the proposed Thurston Place College to be built in Pakuranga? 12. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his reported statement that there is "too much waffle coming from Government departments" and agree with the Prime Minister's assertion that the public service is "bloated"; if so, why?