Parliament 25 September 2012

September 25th, 2012 at 12:43 pm by speters

2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister responsible for the Government Communications Security Bureau: Does he consider that he should have been informed about the unlawful bugging of Kim Dotcom earlier than Monday, 17 September 2012; if not, why not?
  2. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What measures has the Government taken to improve the long-term competitiveness of the New Zealand economy?
  3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: How many times has he been formally briefed by the Government Communications Security Bureau, by year, since November 2008?
  4. DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements in relation to Kim Dotcom and the inquiry into the actions of the Government Communications Security Bureau?
  5. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Education: What support exists for the publication of National Standards data?
  6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “exporters are actually doing their best, and they need all the help they can get from a Government that is actually in favour of exporting and investing”; if so, what support has the Government given Solid Energy to prevent layoffs and redundancies?
  7. COLIN KING to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What is the Government doing to improve access to foundation-level tertiary education for young New Zealanders?
  8. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by his statement on fracking that he has “full confidence in the ability of councils to manage it” when unlined earthen blow-down pits were used without resource consent for over a decade, and now the soil and groundwater near Kapuni wellsites in Taranaki is contaminated?
  9. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Is it still his position that the test for his confidence in Hon John Banks was that he complied with the law; if so, on what basis does he believe that Mr Banks complied with the law with respect to anonymous donations under the Local Electoral Act 2001?
  10. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Civil Defence: What progress has the Government made in encouraging New Zealanders to participate in the ShakeOut earthquake drill?
  11. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Attorney-General: Has the Government given any type of indemnity relating to legal actions concerning Kim Dotcom; if so, what are the terms and which agencies were consulted before it was given?
  12. SHANE ARDERN to the Associate Minister of Health: What initiatives is the Health Promotion Agency taking to assist the Government’s heart health and diabetes targets?

Today there are five questions from National, four questions from Labour, two from the Greens and one from NZ First. Four questions for John Key, three of which are about the GCSB.

Patsy of the day goes to Q2 – What measures has the Government taken to improve the long-term competitiveness of the New Zealand economy?

Labour are asking about Kim Dotcom and the GCSB twice, Solid Energy job losses, and John Banks.

Greens and NZ First are both asking about the GCSB, and Greens are also asking about fracking.

Government Bills 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm – 10.00 pm

  1. National War Memorial Park (Pukeahu) Empowering Bill – second reading
  2. Customs and Excise (Tobacco Products – Budget Measures) Amendment Bill – second reading
  3. Lawyers and Conveyancers Amendment Bill – second reading

These three bills all have a full two hours allocated for their second readings, so the Lawyers and Conveyancers Amendment Bill will probably not quite finish its second reading by 10pm. [DPF: I expect there will be an urgent debate on the GCSB, so they may not start the Lawyers Bill as if accepted an urgent debate takes up 90 minutes]

The National War Memorial Park (Pukeahu) Empowering Bill was introduced last month by Chris Finlayson. It seeks to grant statutory authorisations and property rights to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and the New Zealand Transport Agency (the Agency) to enable completion of the National War Memorial Park (Pukeahu) (the Park) by April 2015, the centenary of the commencement of the Gallipoli landings of the First World War. Only the Greens and Mana voted against it at the first reading. It was reported back by the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee with opposition from the Greens.

The Customs and Excise (Tobacco Products—Budget Measures) Amendment Bill was introduced by Tariana Turia in May, and seeks to amend the Customs and Excise Act 1996 to make 4 cumulative 10% increases to the duties on all tobacco products. It was supported unanimously at first reading, and reported back by the Finance and Expenditure Committee with opposition from NZ First. [DPF: Probably Winston annoyed he can't get a super gold card discount on his cigarettes!]

The Lawyers and Conveyancers Amendment Bill was introduced by Judith Collins in March 2010. It seeks to restore the rank of Queen’s Counsel and restrict eligibility for appointment to that rank, and make other minor amendments to the principal Act. At first reading it was opposed by Labour and the Progressives. The Justice and Electoral Committee reported the Bill back with opposition from Labour.

[DPF: Thanks to Stuart for doing this post. I had lots of offers of help, and accepted the first four. Stuart is doing Tuesdays, Hamish Thursdays, Scott Wednesday Member's Days and Jordan Wednesday Govt Days]

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20 Responses to “Parliament 25 September 2012”

  1. boredboy (250 comments) says:

    This is going to be interesting.

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  2. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    How did the word “bugging” get through in the first question? I don’t recall that being admitted. Because it is very different from what the PM was implying yesterday.

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  3. Redbaiter (8,882 comments) says:

    GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by his statement on fracking that he has “full confidence in the ability of councils to manage it” when unlined earthen blow-down pits were used without resource consent for over a decade, and now the soil and groundwater near Kapuni wellsites in Taranaki is contaminated?

    Man that Gareth Hughes is an evil little liar.

    Fracking has no direct relationship with the problems he is alluding to.

    That parliament contains such a pathological and amoral creature as Hughes is a disgrace.

    [DPF: Tone the rhetoric down a bit please]

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  4. jongy (1 comment) says:

    Great summary of what’s going on today. I’m looking forward to similar ones in the future. Good job Stuart!

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  5. Hamnida (905 comments) says:

    Redbaiter – You’re insane. Anyone with Google can have a look at the Kapuni situation.

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  6. kyhwana (2 comments) says:

    Redbaiter: He’s a evil little liar only insomuch those pits were used to store the toxic chemicals used in fracking..

    So it seems you’re the liar, since fracking does have a direct relationship to the problems he’s alluding to.

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  7. Keeping Stock (10,340 comments) says:

    Russel Norman and Winston Peters get to question the PM on the Dotcom/GCSB fiasco before David Shearer does. Is that a subliminal commentary on the effectiveness of the various senior opposition pollies?

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  8. loonybonkersmad (27 comments) says:

    Here you go Red – http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/6590640/Groundwater-pollution-confined-to-Kapuni-wells

    “The South Taranaki District Council has tested all its water schemes including the Kapuni bore and river and found no evidence of contamination”

    and

    “But both Mr Jager and Mr Bedford said it was unlikely the contamination had anything to do with fracking”.

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  9. Hamnida (905 comments) says:

    Hmmm – Would you drink the water? Sounds like a Monty Burns scene from the Simpsons – “Sure the water is OK”.

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  10. Redbaiter (8,882 comments) says:

    [DPF: Tone the rhetoric down a bit please]

    Look, I take your point but I am calling it as I see it. I think Hughes is indulging in a disgraceful and unprincipled campaign of deceit propaganda and lies and he needs to be called on it.

    What’s more I know he knows that what he is saying is a distortion of truth.

    Why doesn’t Phil Heatley get into this disgusting little propagandist. Nothing Hughes says is ever right technically. He always twists the facts to suit his propaganda campaign and Heatley is always only on the defensive.

    He should be calling this little Goebellian fraud out on these falsities, not letting him set the agenda.

    Hughes’s argument has always been that fraccing contaminates water by means of the process where fluid is injected deep into the ground.

    The fact is that stored drilling fluids seeping into the earth from ponds that were unlined is not an event related to fraccing per se, as Hughes is trying to imply.

    Surely there has to be some checking of the accuracy and truth of the claims made, and representatives in the house should be held accountable for deliberate deceit.

    The watermelons want oil production to cease and they’re making stuff up about fraccing to assist in obtaining this objective.

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  11. Manolo (13,774 comments) says:

    I write in support of Red for calling Hughes what he Luddite really is: a disgraceful liar.

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  12. Redbaiter (8,882 comments) says:

    “He’s a evil little liar only insomuch those pits were used to store the toxic chemicals used in fracking..”

    Garbage.

    If one wanted to, one could categorise all chemicals as “toxic”, but in the general sense of the word, there are no toxic chemicals used in fraccing.

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  13. Redbaiter (8,882 comments) says:

    BTW, thanks for the link Loony.

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  14. Morgy (172 comments) says:

    So what did the opposition get out of their ‘pointed’ questions this afternoon on the GCSB saga. I would suggest absolutely nothing. They hint at so much going on that us Kiwi’s need to know about but really it’s another case of chasing ghosts. Just hopeless.

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  15. Sean (301 comments) says:

    Why are the Greens and Mana opposed to the National War Memorial Park (Pukeahu) Empowering Bill? Because it sidesteps resource consent; or is there some problem with commemorating fallen soldiers?

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  16. speters (108 comments) says:

    The Green view from the SC report:

    “Members of the Green Party strongly support the objective of a National War Memorial Park at Pukeahu, and share the desire for this to be completed in time for the Gallipoli Centenary and Anzac Day 2015….

    However, we have fundamental concerns about the extraordinary powers granted by this legislation. Not only does it remove and replace normal planning processes, limiting the ability for the public and key stakeholders to participate in decision-making about the Park, it also grants the Crown the ability to make further wide-reaching changes by Order in Council, without the usual Parliamentary scrutiny. We are worried at the precedent these powers set regarding the primacy of the rule of law in New Zealand.”

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  17. David Garrett (7,278 comments) says:

    Never thought I would find myself in agreement with Red… the only connection between fraccing and what Hughes is talking about is that they both happen where an oil well is drilled…

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  18. Redbaiter (8,882 comments) says:

    I see perhaps a glimmer of hope for you.

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  19. MH (757 comments) says:

    If the remaining RSA blokes knew that $90 odd mill was being spent on a bloody park for WWI rememberance celebrations I’d imagine they’d be a bit upset. This money could have been better used for welfare and funeral grants. The RNRSA has about 24,000 returned men as members-but they are obliged to help every returned man women regardless of membership.As a registered charity they unbelievably DO NOT know how much money each RSA has in its welfare accounts !!! There has been no census of how many true veterans are left since the 1970’s. So much for a caring society. Of course the money comes from Culture and Motorway development,not from the Vet Affairs and Soc welfare budget. Sons of the ANZACs indeed. Look after the living and give them their own hospices and the best of palitive care,if we didn’t quite look after them in life then at least give their families and widows some assistance in death. Lest we KEEP forgetting.

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  20. kyhwana (2 comments) says:

    Redbaiter: OMG, btw, did you know water is toxic?

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