Parliament Today 18 February 2014

February 18th, 2014 at 1:27 pm by Jordan.M

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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8 Responses to “Parliament Today 18 February 2014”

  1. Right of way is Way of Right (1,125 comments) says:

    Heaps of jobs out there. I understand the staff in the Leader of the Oppositions office have a few vacancies due to a rather high staff turnover of late. Something to do with a corrosive work environment!

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  2. thedavincimode (6,102 comments) says:

    tdvm to the Prime Minster:

    “Has the Prime Minister seen any recent reports indicating that Cunners is a laughable fuckwit and that only two days in, the week has once more turned into a compete train wreck for poor old Cunners?”

    Supplementary question to the Prime Minister:

    “Is the Prime Minister beginning to feel perhaps just a little bit sorry for Cunners after witnessing yet another ham-fisted and ill-fated attempt at political point-scoring by dopy old Cunners?”

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  3. Pete George (21,796 comments) says:

    Groundhog day for Mallard. I wonder if he looks as sheepish and embarrassed as he did last week, And the time before that.

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  4. doggone7 (487 comments) says:

    Tim Macindoe …

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  5. RRM (8,988 comments) says:

    9. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Transport: Why is the construction of the City Rail Link only beginning in 2020?

    Umm, because it’s a friggen massive project? 6 years is not long when you have to actually design and consent and tender stuff.

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  6. OneTrack (1,953 comments) says:

    RRM – But Fenton’s was pretty much the most coherent question of all the non-government MPs – all right Jones’ was good too and Walkers wasnt bad.

    But the others, including the so-called leaders, should just STFU and stop playing childish games. Do they really expect people to vote for them?

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  7. Viking2 (10,695 comments) says:

    One wonders why taxpayers have to continue to fund this farce.
    12 Questions and only one I haven’t already seen an answer in the public arena and that’s no.10
    It may well have been answered somewhere but i missed it.

    If these jerks can’t ask better questions about subjects that we need to know answers to they should go find something better to fill their day.

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  8. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    My God they didn’t stand up and use
    Parliamentary privilege
    to do a

    SHOUT OUT FOR

    ODD FUTURE

    ODD FUTURE IS WHAT THEY ARE ALL ABOUT

    That is what I was expecting a little disappointed

    As you were back to important things
    like wiping your Backside on the Flag

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