Parliament 13 March 2014

March 13th, 2014 at 1:10 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer.

Questions to Ministers 2.00PM-3.00PM.

  1. PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the New Zealand economy?
  2. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers; if so, why?
  3. SIMON O’CONNOR to the Minister of Education: What recent announcement has she made about opportunities to share education best practice with international counterparts?
  4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all her statements regarding her relationship with Oravida Ltd?
  5. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: What percentage of the transport budget is currently being spent specifically on ensuring that children can walk or cycle to school safely, and does he consider that is adequate?
  6. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources:How has the electricity market improved under this Government?
  7. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What recent reports has he received of staff shortages and the impact of such shortages, if any, in DHBs?
  8. Hon Dr PITA SHARPLES to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How does the Government intend on sustaining, supporting and growing Māori-led research driven by Māori researchers with positive outcomes that support the goals and aspirations of whanau, hapu and iwi, in light of the decision by the New Zealand Royal Society not to fund Nga Pāe o te Māramatanga or any other Māori-led research organisation?
  9. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Conservation: What progress is the Government making in implementing its “Bluegreen” plan for New Zealand?
  10. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Justice: Were all her answers to questions relating to her involvement with Oravida accurate and in compliance with the Cabinet Manual?
  11. MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Transport: What reports has he received on the importance of freight movement to New Zealand?
  12. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he expect housing affordability to improve in the coming year?

Today Labour are asking about the Prime Minister’s confidence in Ministers, the Oravida saga, staff shortages at DHBs and housing affordability. The Greens are asking about the amount of the transport budget allocated to cycling and walking intiatives. New Zealand First is asking about the Oravida saga.

Patsy of the day goes to Jacqui Dean for Question 9: What progress is the Government making in implementing its “Bluegreen” plan for New Zealand?

Government Bills 3.00 – 6.00PM

1. Education Amendment Bill (No 2) - First Reading

2. Health and Safety Reform Bill -First Reading

The Education Amendment Bill (No 2) is being introduced into the house by the Minister of Education, Hekia Parata.  The Education Amendment Bill (No 2) (the Bill) amends the Education Act 1989. The public policy objectives of the Bill are to ensure that New Zealand’s education sector is equipped to meet the challenges and opportunities of the modern learning context; and to create a regulatory framework that promotes accountability and high standards within the education sector; and to drive continuous improvement in the education sector by clarifying, streamlining, and strengthening processes, as appropriate.

The Health and Safety Reform Bill is being introduced into the house by the Minister of Labour, Simon Bridges. This bill reforms New Zealand’s workplace health and safety system, following the work of the Independent Task force on Workplace Health and Safety and the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy.

 

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12 Responses to “Parliament 13 March 2014”

  1. OneTrack (2,564 comments) says:

    Note to David Parker. Stop worrying about Crusher Collins so much and start doing your real job. Which does not include wasting the House’s time with retarded questions with obvious answers.

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  2. Manolo (13,315 comments) says:

    The Collins scandal has given socialist Labour a timely weapon to attack the government.

    The Minister of Justice must be rueing the day she accepted Oravida’s invitation. A political mistake expected from a rookie, not a senior politician.

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  3. Nigel Kearney (864 comments) says:

    You do have to admire the form of question 5:

    What percentage of [some very large number hardly related to the issue in question] is currently being spent specifically on [some issue that is very hard to fix by throwing money at it], and does that minister consider that is adequate?

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  4. doggone7 (675 comments) says:

    Gerry Brownlee talking about cycling to school. Did he ever?

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  5. leftyliberal (642 comments) says:

    Nigel Kearney: Why won’t throwing money at improving walking and cycling facilities around schools allow children to walk or cycle to school safely?

    This seems a no-brainer to me. If you’re spending X on transport, then make sure that a decent chunk of X is placed where you get the biggest payoff. A significant portion of congestion is caused by kids being dropped off at schools in the morning. Part of the reason for this is the perception (and in many cases reality) that it’s not safe to walk or cycle to school. Improving those things will mean fewer cars on the road, and more exercise and independence for the kids.

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  6. mikenmild (10,611 comments) says:

    Julie Anne Genter: Does he accept that under-investment in walking and cycling infrastructure has contributed to a decline in children walking and cycling to school from over 50 percent in 1989 to less than a third now, and that that has a corresponding rise in car journeys to school during peak travel times?

    Hon GERRY BROWNLEE: No, I do not. I think that one of the most significant contributors to children being delivered to, and picked up from, school probably has been parental worry over some of the crime statistics that ran rampant in this country for a number of years. It was not until our Minister of Justice and our Minister of Police in recent times got on top of it that we could start to confidently enable children to get back into walking and cycling to and from school.

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  7. dime (9,356 comments) says:

    Every skank dpb mum I ever banged insisted on driving their kid to and from school. It’s like it made them feel like good mums. “Oh I’m so busy, I have to pick jr up at 3″.

    Also, today’s breeders were raised to be over protective wimps. What if jr gets rained on! Best I clog up the roads

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  8. doggone7 (675 comments) says:

    mikenmild

    Brownlee’s yobbish contribution was notable for the fact he didn’t suggest that kids needed to be driven to school so they’d be fresh for the fitness activities they needed because they had to be driven to school. And they needed the fitness lessons so they wouldn’t end up fat and useless.

    dime: Every yuppie rich mummy at our high decile school drives her kids to school in the BMW 5 or 6, Cayenne or Touarag. If ya got it ya gotta flaunt it. The kids in the downmarket area I drive through to town are usually walking coatless on the rainy days.

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  9. leftyliberal (642 comments) says:

    Brownlee really comes off looking like an idiot in that exchange.

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  10. Fisiani (943 comments) says:

    Another 12-0 spanking for the Opposition

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  11. Tauhei Notts (1,601 comments) says:

    Dime at 5.12
    Apparently it is the staff at WINZ that scare the skanks into that “drive the bastard to school and collect it to come home” mindset.
    The skanks are only good for breeding and nothing else. If there is a whiff of bad parenting, their sole source of income could be taken away. I imagine that if Dime was threatened with the loss of his sole source of income he would be extra careful.
    The skanks detest the use of that term “bastard”, almost as much as the fudge packers dislike being called homosexuals. We are gay, they rave.

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  12. Tauhei Notts (1,601 comments) says:

    Mr Farrar,
    Thank you for putting this parliamentary thing up each sitting day.
    The Health & Safety Reform Bill was of much interest and warranted a question to my M.P.
    Friends who do look at this site are astounded at the amount of little known titbits that I am able to come up with.

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