Best reply ever

June 29th, 2012 at 11:33 am by David Farrar

From the parliamentary written questions database:

3061 (2012).  to the Minister of Energy and Resources (20 Apr 2012): Where, to the best of the Minister’s knowledge, has hydraulic fracturing occured in New Zealand?
Hon  (Minister of Energy and Resources) replied: Underground.
Heh. MPs need to be precise with how they ask questions :-)
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14 Responses to “Best reply ever”

  1. East Wellington Superhero (1,151 comments) says:

    Someone should tell Gareth Hughes that the word occurred has two R’s. From memory, only MPs can type in written questions to the system. It may have changed, so perhaps it’s just one of his staffers that can’t spell.

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  2. Paul Williams (878 comments) says:

    Hughes strikes me as having lots of potential, but there’s no shortcutting experience.

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  3. thomasbeagle (77 comments) says:

    While that line is good for a laugh, I hope that Phil Heatley then went on to answer the question.

    Anything else is just showing contempt for the process.

    [DPF: These are written, not oral questions. All Gareth has to do is resubmit it and say “In which territorial authoritity areas has fracking occured …”

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  4. KiwiGreg (3,255 comments) says:

    Probably just showing justifiable contempt for the smarmy little prick asking stupid questions.

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  5. Other_Andy (2,676 comments) says:

    @thomasbeagle

    “While that line is good for a laugh, I hope that Phil Heatley then went on to answer the question”

    The ‘man-child’ Hughes could also stop the ‘huffing and puffing’, get of his bum and find the information himself.

    http://www.trc.govt.nz/assets/Publications/guidelines-procedures-and-publications/Fresh-water-2/fracking-report-feb2012.pdf

    Lots of potential?
    Sure, as a ‘fact free’ hypocritical lying totalitarian ‘chicken little’ econazi.

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  6. RRM (9,915 comments) says:

    thomasbeagle (59) Says:
    June 29th, 2012 at 11:55 am

    While that line is good for a laugh, I hope that Phil Heatley then went on to answer the question.

    Anything else is just showing contempt for the process.

    Where have you been? It’s funny when the NActs do it.
    It’s only a “cynical born-to-rule-attitude” when ministers of a Labour government treat the system with contempt.

    Meanwhile, we’ll endlessly decry “the hypocrisy of the Left…” with a straight face :-P

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  7. James Stephenson (2,171 comments) says:

    I hope that Phil Heatley then went on to answer the question.

    It’s stupid, imprecise question and it deserved the response it got. What does “where” mean? North Island? Taranaki? Exact GPS co-ordinates?

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  8. Pete George (23,558 comments) says:

    I have some sympathy for thomasbeagle’s point about treating questions seriously. But I can also empathise with dissing such a question, it’s so general you could almost call it a pointless waste of a Minister’s time.

    It’s difficult to see what Hughes was trying to achieve, apart from being seen to be active.

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  9. Viking2 (11,467 comments) says:

    WELL AT LEAST THE SYSTEM DIDN’T WASTE MY MONEY LOOKING FOR POINTLESS ANSWERS TO AN EVEN MORE POINTLESS QUESTION.

    Sorry about the caps. but its makes the point even more really for the dumb arses who don’t underconstumble.

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  10. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    > All Gareth has to do is resubmit it..

    Thanks, I don’t ever want to hear you whine about taxpayers money being wasted.

    [DPF: No waste of money involved. Gareth is on a salary, not an hourly rate!]

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  11. Wayne91 (142 comments) says:

    Dumb question got a dumb answer. (Was funny though)

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  12. Lazybum (259 comments) says:

    TB – Heatley did answer the question in full. If a question has no depth, the answer does not need to either to fully answer it.
    It was almost a closed question such as ‘Has Fracking occurred in NZ?’ – ‘Yes’
    Scary to think this young idiot can be a minister in government 1 day.

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  13. Mech (3 comments) says:

    @Lazybum The question said to the best of his knowledge. The depth is defined by the minister’s knowledge, which, unsurprisingly, is shallow.

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  14. GarethMP (4 comments) says:

    Yes, it was a funny answer. From the Minister’s perspective, the best type: quick, accurate and totally useless to the questioner. Minister Heatley and I had a laugh about it in the house and a few days later he came back with a fuller response. From that answer we uncovered historical fracking in Southland which involved dumping millions of litres of produced water with fracking chemicals down the local stream, which the council in 2012 wasn’t aware had occurred.

    [DPF: Glad you saw the humour in it, and also glad you did then get the info you wanted]

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