Parliament Today 18 February 2014

Questions for Oral Answer 2.00PM-3.00PM.

Questions to Ministers. 

  1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that there are “plenty of jobs out there for people if they look really hard”?
  2. MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making with its multi-billion dollar investment programme in modern infrastructure?
  3. Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister of Commerce: Was he made aware of any concerns regarding the behaviour of supermarkets towards suppliers prior to 12 February 2014?
  4. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government’s policies?
  5. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Education: What recent announcement has she made on the increase in students achieving NCEA level 2?
  6. SUE MORONEY to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in regard to proposals to extend paid parental leave, “It’s an important time they bond with their children. Everyone acknowledges having more time with their infants would be an important thing to support”?
  7. Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister for Social Development:What reports has she received about the support the Government is providing to grandparents and other family members raising children?
  8. ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs: Are there any areas where he believes war veterans are not receiving adequate support for their service to our country?
  9. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Transport: Why is the construction of the City Rail Link only beginning in 2020?
  10. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Justice: What progress has been made on criminal history sharing for employment vetting between Australia and New Zealand?
  11. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Does he stand by his answers to all supplementary questions to in the House this year; if so, why?
  12. HOLLY WALKER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he share the concerns of the New Zealand Psychological Society and the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists that his decision to cut postgraduate student allowances could significantly impact the future psychology workforce in New Zealand?

Today Labour are asking five questions. These are about jobs, supermarkets, paid parental leave, the Auckland city rail link, and the suitability of the Minister of Internal Affairs to hold his Ministerial warrant. The Greens are asking whether the Prime Minister stands by all his policies, and cuts to student allowance. New Zealand First are asking about support for Veterans.

Patsy question of the day goes to Tim MacIndoe for Question 5: What recent announcement has she made on the increase in students achieving NCEA level 2?

Government Bills 4.00PM-6.00PM and 7.30PM-10.00PM.

1. Taxation (Annual Rates, Foreign Superannuation, and Remedial Matters) Bill – Committee Stage

2. Student Loan Scheme Amendment Bill (No 3) – Committee Stage

3. Trade (Safeguard Measures) Bill – Committee Stage

4. Electoral Amendment Bill – Committee Stage

The Taxation (Annual Rates, Foreign Superannuation, and Remedial  Matters) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Revenue, Todd McClay. This bill stipulates the annual rates of income tax for the 2013-14 tax year, proposes new rules for New Zealand residents with interests in foreign superannuation schemes, and makes other changes to tax law.

The Student Loan Scheme Amendment Bill (No 3) is also being guided through the house by the Minister of Revenue, Todd McClay. This bill proposes amendments to the Student Loan Scheme Act 2011 to improve repayments from overseas-based borrowers and to increase personal responsibility for debt repayment.

The Trade (Safeguard Measures) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Commerce, Craig Foss. This bill implements a new safeguards regime for New Zealand.

The Electoral Amendment Bill is being guided though the house by the Minister of Justice, Judith Collins. This bill proposes amendments to the Electoral Act 1993 to implement recommendations made by the Justice and Electoral Committee in its Inquiry into the 2011 General Election. The purpose of the amendments is to improve services to voters, candidates, and political parties.

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