Parliament 9 February 2012

February 9th, 2012 at 12:10 pm by David Farrar

2 pm – 3 pm

  1. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister for Primary Industries: Will he extend the Taranaki set net ban after the recent death of a Maui’s dolphin in a fishing net?
  2. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister for Economic Development:What actions is the Government taking to boost economic linkages with China?
  3. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that his hour-long show on Radio Live on 30 September 2011 was an “election free zone”?
  4. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What improvements, if any, have been made to the Government’s national health targets?
  5. Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: Did he discuss with the Christchurch City Mayor reported claims that there had been overtures from within The Treasury that there was scope for the city’s rates to be increased or for assets to be sold to pay for the quake recovery, and that this could be done under the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act before he called him a clown; if not, why not?
  6. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Local Government: What reports has he received on increases in local government council debt since the Local Government Act 2002 was enacted?
  7. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does she stand by her statement that the new minimum wage announced yesterday “strikes the right balance between protecting low paid workers and ensuring that jobs are not lost.”?
  8. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: What recent announcements has the Government made on protecting consumers from loan sharks?
  9. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Broadcasting: Is he aware that Stephen McElrea is part of a working group within NZ On Air, which includes a representative of MediaWorks, and which is determining details of a documentary about Whānau Ora?
  10. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: What recent announcement has she made in her portfolio that will benefit communities?
  11. HOLLY WALKER to the Minister for Social Development: Does she consider low family incomes to be a major contributor to childhood vulnerability?
  12. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he still have confidence in all his Ministers?

So today there are five patsies from National, four questions from Labour, two from the Greens and one from NZ First. I may start awarding a prize for most grovelling patsy question of the day. Today, I think it goes to Q10 – What recent announcement has she made in her portfolio that will benefit communities?

Labour are focusing on the Radio Live show, Brownlee v Parker, minimum wage and NZ on Air. I doubt the minimum wage question will get anywhere (the increase is twice the inflation rate), but the other three could all pose some difficulties to the Government. Labour should have a good day today in the House.

The Greens are asking about a dolphin caught in a net and child poverty. The child poverty question could get interesting. The dolphin one is a waste of a question in my opinion.

Winston is trying the same question for the third day running. Mr Speaker made very clear yesterday that if you ask such a general primary question, you can’t do anything if the Minister is unable to answer a detailed supplementary question. So not sure there will be a different outcome to yesterday.

Address in Reply Debate 3 pm – 6 pm 

Northland MP Mike Sabin maiden speech at 3.45 pm.

11 hours remaining of the debate. I presume it will be adjourned to make way for bills after Sabin’s speech.

Government Bills 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm

  1. Taxation (International Investment and Remedial Matters) Bill – second reading continued
  2. Consumer Law Reform Bill – first reading
  3. Road User Charges Bill – third reading
  4. Biosecurity Law Reform Bill – committee stage
  5. Sentencing (Aggravating Factors) Amendment Bill – committee stage

The Consumer Law Reform Bill looks interesting. As it is only first reading I imagine it will be supported to select committee by all parties.

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9 Responses to “Parliament 9 February 2012”

  1. davidp (3,588 comments) says:

    >CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Broadcasting: Is he aware that Stephen McElrea is part of a working group within NZ On Air, which includes a representative of MediaWorks, and which is determining details of a documentary about Whānau Ora?

    Curran’s question yesterday included this as a followup. She was slapped down then because the Minister doesn’t interfere with the content of work they have commissioned. I wonder why she is bothering to have another go?

    >Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he still have confidence in all his Ministers?

    I’ve been watching question time on YouTube which is not something I usually do. I’m loving it. Peters seems determined to beat up on Tariana Turia by asking questions of Key. Invariably they go no-where because he is asking the wrong person. Then he forces himself in to other people’s questions with a slurred incoherent supplementary. Any chance that Curran had yesterday of scoring a point off the government disappeared the moment Peters joined in and tried to turn the question in to a debate on Whanau Ora.

    Still, Curran is not deterred and according to Red Alert wants to form a grand coalition with Peters and others. It’d be a coalition of the incoherent and purposeless, but would at least show the public what they’d have to look forward to in a Shearer-Peters-Norman-Harawira government.

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  2. Peter (1,723 comments) says:

    Dolphins. Rolls eyes.

    Looks like another Delahunty wanna-bee.

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  3. mikenmild (11,777 comments) says:

    davidp
    I think it would be more accurate to describe the Minister’s reply as avoiding the question, rather than slapping it down.

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  4. alwyn (438 comments) says:

    I wonder whether iPredict could set up a new contract.
    Something like a contract that will pay out if any NZF MP except Winston gets to ask a question before, say, 1 July 2012?
    You could even stretch it to be a question or a supplementary question and you would probably get even money.
    Winston certainly seems determined to hog the play.

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  5. simonway (387 comments) says:

    I love government patsy questions. “Could the Minister please explain why the government’s policies are the greatest ever?” Honestly, I don’t know why they don’t just set aside some time for Ministerial speeches about the government’s awesome policies and then let the Opposition have all the questions (a reduced number, presumable). Questions from government MPs are always a farce anyway, so why keep up the charade?

    Also, I really like this new govblogging thing you’ve got going, dpf.

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  6. bereal (3,137 comments) says:

    Judging by the pathetic load of drivel she wrote in todays edition (page A9) the deputy political
    editor of the New Zealand Herald, Claire Trevett will be hanging out for the “Muhammad Ali’ question
    from Peters (No.12)

    According to her, (the assistant political editor) Government ministers will be pale with fear when they see such a question comming up.

    Have a read of her piece in todays paper and see if you could ever remember reading such
    absolute crap

    Maybe the baleen whales will eat the krill today.

    Where does the Herald find these morons let alone print garbage like that.

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  7. Batman (103 comments) says:

    I agree with Simonway DPF, loving this new #NZQT thing you have going on, gives us a space to talk about House politics rather than argue with the regulars about global warming/religion/adoption/gay marriage/abortion.

    keep it up

    I have been impressed (as usual) with Tony Ryall’s handing of both Health and SOE questions. he certainly presents a polite and eloquent response to the hyperbole of the oppposition.

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  8. bereal (3,137 comments) says:

    Has Winston lost it or what ?

    Three times in three days he has tried the same question with the same result. Nothing.

    Yesterday the Speaker even cut him a break and explained where he was going wrong
    but incredibly he tried it again today and got wiped again.

    N.Z. Herald deputy political editor and chief Winston cheerleader, Claire Trevett will be gutted.

    No krill for the baleen whales for a whole week now.

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  9. Frederick (39 comments) says:

    For the third day in a row Lockwood Smith has told Peters that if he wishes to ask complex detailed questions then he needs to make it his primary question rather than the “does he have confidence in his ministers etc” and expect the answering minister to have all the facts at his finger tips.

    Is Peters a slow learner, stupid, senile or a combination of all of these. A very poor start from him and has been soundly trounced by the speaker and easily seen of by the PM (or Brownlee today) but undoubtedly the adoring media will state “vintage return to form from Peters”.

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