Parliament 26 September 2012

September 26th, 2012 at 12:32 pm by Jordan.M

2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

Questions to Ministers.

  1. 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?
  2. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making to ensure New Zealand’s economic growth is sustainable and supports jobs and higher incomes?
  3. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in his Minister of Economic Development in light of the fact that there have been nearly 40,000 net job losses in the manufacturing sector in the four years to June 2012?
  4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Economic Development: What impact has his Business Growth Agenda had on Nuplex Industries, Solid Energy, Kawerau and Tiwai Point, and how many job cuts have been announced there in the last two months?
  5. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Justice: What steps is the Government taking to reduce the stress on victims caused by unnecessary parole hearings?
  6. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement to the House yesterday, “The police statement quite clearly said that there was insufficient evidence, that there is a statute of limitations, and that he has complied with the law.”; if so, where in the police statement do they say that Mr Banks complied with the law?
  7. HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister for Social Development: Does she think it acceptable that the hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders reliant on government benefits face the predicament each and every week, such as the case of Sam Kuha in Kaikohe, who is left to survive on $18.00 a week for food?
  8. MIKE SABIN to the Minister for Social Development: What difference do social workers make in protecting our most vulnerable children from abuse and neglect?
  9. MOJO MATHERS to the Minister of Broadcasting: Will he consider using regulation to increase New Zealand’s levels of captioning for free-to-air television; if not, why not?
  10. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he accept that under the Government Communications Security Bureau Act 2003, section 8(3) that the performance of the GCSB’s functions is, in the absence of any warrant or vested authority, subject to the control of the Prime Minister?
  11. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Are reports that she intends to write to Christchurch schools within the next fortnight to begin the formal consultation process required to close or merge them correct; if so, what was the purpose of the “open consultation” process she began on 13 September?
  12. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What progress has the Government made on promoting fuel efficiency in heavy road vehicles?
Questions to Members.
  1. ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Member in charge of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Amending Primary Function of Bank) Amendment Bill: What will the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Amending Primary Function of Bank) Amendment Bill enable the Reserve Bank to do to address the overvalued dollar?
  2. ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Member in charge of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Amending Primary Function of Bank) Amendment Bill: Is the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Amending Primary Function of Bank) Amendment Bill “populist garbage”?
  3. BARBARA STEWART to the Member in charge of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Amending Primary Function of Bank) Amendment Bill: What is the importance of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Amending Primary Function of Bank) Amendment Bill to New Zealand exporters?
Today there are four questions from National, four from Labour, two from the Greens one from NZ First and one from Mana. There are also three patsy questions to Winston Peters about his bill on the Reserve Bank concerning monetary policy.
Patsy of the day goes to Question 5-What steps is the Government taking to reduce the stress on victims caused by unnecessary parole hearings?
Labour are asking about the GCSB matter, job losses in Industry, John Banks and school closures in Canterbury.
The Greens are asking about job losses, and fracking.  NZ First is also asking about the GCSB and Mana are asking about benefit levels.

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

1. Crown Minerals (Permitting and Crown Land) Bill- First Reading

2. National War Memorial Park (Pukeahu) Empowering Bill-Committee Stage

3.Customs and Excise (Tobacco Products—Budget Measures) Amendment Bill-Committee Stage

The Crown Minerals (Permitting and Crown Land) Bill was introduced yesterday by Phil Heatley. This bill is an omnibus bill and amends the Crown Minerals Act 1991, the Conservation Act 1987, the Continental Shelf Act 1964, the Reserves Act 1977, and the Wildlife Act 1953. This bill aims to promote prospecting for, exploration for, and mining of Crown owned minerals for the benefit of New Zealand.

The National Memorial Park (Pukehau) 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 opposed it at the end of the second reading.

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 passed its second reading unanimously.

 

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7 Responses to “Parliament 26 September 2012”

  1. Redbaiter (8,923 comments) says:

    Redbaiter to the Prime Minister and every other posturing self promoting socialist leech in the house:

    When are you going to get out of my face and off my back and cut the number of politicians to 40 and thereby enable the real workers of this country to enjoy a 75% tax cut?

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  2. graham (2,335 comments) says:

    HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister for Social Development: Does she think it acceptable that the hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders reliant on government benefits face the predicament each and every week, such as the case of Sam Kuha in Kaikohe, who is left to survive on $18.00 a week for food?

    Anyone know the details around this quoted example? I just do not trust Hone Harawira at all – there must be something more to it.

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  3. berend (1,709 comments) says:

    I really don’t understand the patsy of the day question awards. DPF awarded them correctly, but both yesterday and today are wrong. Surely the patsy of the day is Q12?

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  4. MH (757 comments) says:

    So finally we can examine the life under the lights,under the microscope of Mr Sam Kuha. This is your life.Show us what you got and with sympathy we’ll decide without prejudice.

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  5. Positan (390 comments) says:

    These questions – and the studious, self-serving fatuousness of so many of them – show how little actual value the country receives for the huge investment in, and the huge cost of operating, our parliament. Our law-making system is effecting its own irrelevance.

    Democracy? I’d swap what we have in a flash for a straightforward, objective-driven dictatorship that pandered neither to PC nor to the all the fictional Treaty-nonsense that the fuckwits of Labour past and present have inflicted on our country.

    Key should immediately call an election, employing the exact same theme of Sid Holland’s National back at the ’51 waterside dispute – “Who runs the Country?”

    Even with their quotients of completely idiot supporters, Labour and Greens would be crushed in the landslide.

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  6. Spam (588 comments) says:

    The Greens are asking about job losses, and fracking.

    Fracking?

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  7. MH (757 comments) says:

    political fracking is an enema of the people.
    The Grins are all hands to the pump.

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