Parliament Today 30 July 2013

July 30th, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer. 2.00 PM -3.00 PM

Questions to Ministers.

  1. DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Did his Chief of Staff, Wayne Eagleson, advise Parliamentary Service that United Future Leader Hon Peter Dunne had agreed to cooperate with the Henry inquiry and had consented to releasing his electronic phone logs; if so, why?
  3. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on business confidence and intentions among companies to invest and hire more staff?
  4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “High house prices matter because many New Zealanders spend a large portion of their incomes on housing and that has helped fuel household debt and contribute to damaging imbalances in the economy”?
  5. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What steps is the Government taking to raise achievement and participation in tertiary education by students in South Auckland?
  6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  7. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: What percentage of sites identified as a river in theSuitability for Swimming indicator report released yesterday were categorised as “Very Good” or “Good” and therefore were safe for swimming?
  8. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements has she made about the first Children’s Teams, part of the Government’s Children’s Action Plan?
  9. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she agree with the Minister of Finance that “The Government is focusing on ensuring that every teacher put in front of our children is competent”?
  10. MIKE SABIN to the Associate Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made regarding school property?
  11. DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  12. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Customs: What is the Government doing to improve border processing?

Today Labour are asking four questions today. Labour are asking the Prime Minister whether he stands by his statements twice (yes, twice!), high house prices and teacher numbers. The Greens are asking two questions, about the Henry Inquiry and river pollution. New Zealand First is asking one question, about whether the Prime Minister stands by all his statements.

Patsy of the day goes to Dr Cam Calder for Question 5: What steps is the Government taking to raise achievement and participation in tertiary education by students in South Auckland?

Government Bills 3.00 PM – 6.00 PM and 7.30 PM – 10.00 PM.

1. Appropriation (2013/14 Estimates) Bill - Committee Stage

2. Resource Management Reform Bill-  Committee Stage

3. Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Amendment Bill – Third Reading

4. Statutes Amendment Bill – Committee Stage

The Appropriation (2013/2014 Estimates) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Finance, Bill English. This bill relates to the Budget, and seeks parliamentary authorisation for the individual appropriations contained in The Estimates of Appropriations for the Government of New Zealand for the year ending 30 June 2014 

The Resource Management Reform Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for the Environment, Amy Adams. This is an omnibus bill that proposes amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991, the Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Act 2010, and to the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987. The bill aims to make improvements to the consenting regime, provide for the delivery of the first combined plan for Auckland, provide further powers to make regulations, and to make technical and operational changes.

The Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Building and Construction, Maurice Williamson. The bill proposes amendments to the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Act 2006 to validate a disciplinary levy and an offences fee prescribed by the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board. The bill also seeks to extend the Board’s power to impose levies so that it has funding for all of its functions, including the prosecution of non-registered persons.

The Statutes Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Courts, Chester Borrows. This is an omnibus bill. It is designed to provide a legislative vehicle for minor, technical, and non-controversial amendments to thirty existing acts of legislation.

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21 Responses to “Parliament Today 30 July 2013”

  1. Cunningham (828 comments) says:

    “Does he stand by all his statement” Shearer does himself no favours with this stupid question that he asks every week. No wonder he is a laughing stock.

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  2. Zapper (965 comments) says:

    Especially when he asks it twice on the same day.

    Perhaps someone needs to remind him when he writes his questions…it’s the same day David!

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  3. Morgy (171 comments) says:

    Didn’t realise the PM is back! Yeah!!! Will be fun to watch.

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  4. Pete George (23,329 comments) says:

    And he’s asking that twice today, but Grant Robertson explained why whe always asks a general question – so Key can’t pick one of his ministers to transfer the question to.

    But Russel Norman seems to be able to ask specific questions that the PM has to respond to.

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  5. RRM (9,662 comments) says:

    Do they just enjoy listening to Key’s voice, you reckon PG?

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  6. RRM (9,662 comments) says:

    Good on Key for not cracking though. I can imagine how it could start to prey on you.

    This is so weird, why are they doing this? The same silly question, every time? Is it some elaborate fit-up? Will they eventually play some trump card that makes it look like I’ve lied 168 times in the house? Nah, surely not, they don’t have anything like that on me. I’m sure they don’t. I’m pretty sure they don’t. They don’t, do they?

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  7. metcalph (1,410 comments) says:

    Wot John Key should do is answer “Yes” to Question 1, “No” to Question 6 and “Yes” to Question 11.

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  8. shoreboy57 (137 comments) says:

    Groundhog Day from the LotO

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  9. Pete George (23,329 comments) says:

    A revelation today by the Speaker. Last week:

    In response to questions from Green Party co-leader Russel Norman, Speaker David Carter confirmed yesterday that the Henry inquiry also asked for information relating to internal calls made to and from Vance’s office phone, as well as her building access data.

    The phone line is paid for by Fairfax Media, the publisher of The Dominion Post.

    Mr Carter said the request was declined but confirmed that Parliamentary Service handed over Vance’s swipe-card access records.

    Now, in response to written questions, the Speaker says phone records were haned over.

    Why were we misinformed last week?

    And what the hell is going on with the Parliamentary Secret Services?

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  10. Pete George (23,329 comments) says:

    Phone records given to inquiry

    Speaker David Carter has confirmed three months worth of phone records for Fairfax journalist Andrea Vance were handed over to a ministerial inquiry.

    Carter today apologised to Vance and Fairfax group executive editor Paul Thompson and acknowledged answers given last week in response to the journalist’s phone record were wrong.

    In response to written questions last week, Carter said a request from investigator David Henry for Vance’s phone records had been declined.

    It has previously been confirmed that Henry was provided with electronic records tracking Vance’s movements in the Parliamentary complex.

    Carter said today he became aware on Friday his answer in response to questions about Vance’s phone records was wrong.

    Three months worth of phone records had “inadvertently” been supplied to Henry by Parliamentary Service during the course of his investigations.

    The information had been collated by parliamentary contractor Datacom.

    Henry immediately returned the records without viewing them and made it clear he had neither sought nor wanted them.

    Carter confirmed, however, that Henry had sought phone records detailing which government ministers had phoned Vance.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8981153/Phone-records-given-to-inquiry

    This is appalling – first that false information was provided by the Speaker last week. Was the Speaker given false information?

    And that the information was handed over is disgraceful.

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  11. Alan (1,082 comments) says:

    Whilst it’s not great that the call records were handed over, i’d have thought the chances of her using a publicly funded desk phone in parliament for anything of important to be close to zero.

    Surely she’d have made any important calls on her mobile or her office phone ?

    Storm in a tea cup.

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  12. Pete George (23,329 comments) says:

    It’s a very big storm in the press gallery teacups. And they will make it a big storm in Parliament.

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  13. Alan (1,082 comments) says:

    Yeah, but it’s just another wellington process story that New Zealanders in general don’t appear to be interested in.

    I’ve come to the conclusion almost no one cares about the GCSB or related issues; people care about jobs and the economy.

    This is all fluff.

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  14. Pete George (23,329 comments) says:

    I agree that the wider public mostly don’t understand, don’t know or don’t care about the GCSB stuff.

    But this is probably going to be a big issue amongst the journalists and in Parliament. It has put the Speaker in a very awkward position.

    And there is increasing pressure on having an inquiry into the severely flawed Henry inquiry.

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  15. Ryan Sproull (7,060 comments) says:

    We have established that Shearer should take some Question Time lessons from the leader of the opposition.

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  16. Pete George (23,329 comments) says:

    Ryan – yes, there were a number of comments on Twitter about the stark contrast between the temporary leader of Labour at question 1 and the leader of the opposition who followed him with question 2.

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  17. Pete George (23,329 comments) says:

    The Speaker has apologised for the “accidental” release of of journalist phone data.

    Parliament’s Speaker has apologised to the reporter that broke the story about the Kitteridge GCSB report.

    David Carter says he has become aware Fairfax reporter Andrea Vance’s phone records were released by a Parliamentary Services contractor, to the Henry Inquiry into how the report was leaked.

    He says it is completely unacceptable and he has personally apologised to her.

    Mr Carter says the Henry Inquiry never requested the information, nor did it use it.

    However he says the information should not have been released, and could be seen to attack the freedom of the press.

    http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbpol/1316995881-apology-after-journo-s-phone-records-released

    Carter has said the issue is very serious and is referring it to the Privileges Committee.

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  18. OneTrack (2,818 comments) says:

    Shearer – What an idiot. How many more sharks can the guy jump? And how embarrassing it must be to be a Labour supporter these days.

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  19. OneTrack (2,818 comments) says:

    Pete – “I agree that the wider public mostly don’t understand, don’t know or don’t care about the GCSB stuff.”

    The other option you didn’t list was that maybe the wider public simply agree that the existing law governing GCSB operations is unclear and needs clarification, and they are supportive of the changes National are proposing.

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  20. nickb (3,675 comments) says:

    So Pete George is railing against surveillance. An interesting position to take.

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  21. Pete George (23,329 comments) says:

    Certainly against unauthorised access of data (it’s not surveillance, it is accessing records after the fact). It would be more interesting if someone supported unauthorised access.

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