Parliament Today 5 March 2014

March 5th, 2014 at 1:04 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer.

Questions to Ministers 2.00-3.00PM.

  1. TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister responsible for Novopay:Does he stand by his statement of 11 February 2014, “education payroll is the most complex in New Zealand and more work remains to be done to simplify the business processes to ensure it runs as smoothly as possible each year”?
  2. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “the true builders of that future are the millions of New Zealanders working in the homes, the businesses, the industries of our country”?
  3. MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making with its share offer programme, which is freeing up money for reinvestment in new public assets without having to increase Government debt?
  4. ANDREW LITTLE to the Attorney-General: Will he release all correspondence between the Christchurch Crown Solicitor or any other solicitor acting for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and counsel for Peter Whittall on the decision not to proceed with the prosecution of Mr Whittall under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 relating to conditions at the Pike River Mine that lead to the deaths of 29 miners; if not, why not?
  5. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: When were Ministry of Health officials first informed that the dispute between the Southern District Health Board and South Link Health involved allegations of the misuse of public funding, and when were they first informed that this alleged misuse was suspected to involve elements that could be fraud?
  6. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What announcements has the Government made on the Tertiary Education Strategy for New Zealand?
  7. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: Does he stand by his statement made yesterday in the House with regard to Canterbury Labour Members of that they “have made no more than five requests for assistance through the Earthquake Commission”; if not, when will he be correcting his statement and apologising?
  8. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: How is the Government’s Information and Communication Technology programme improving New Zealanders’ access to improved technology and better connectivity?
  9. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: On what date did she receive an invitation to visit the Shanghai office of Oravida Ltd during her Ministerial visit to China in October 2013, and what actions did she take to ensure this visit met her obligations under the Cabinet Manual?
  10. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Associate Minister of Education: Did the communities in Christchurch, Auckland and Queenstown, where four schools are to be built using a public-private partnership (PPP) model, ask the Government for private sector management of their school buildings?
  11. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Health: What investment is the Government making in improving nutrition and exercise for pre-schoolers?
  12. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Corrections: What steps has the Government taken to improve access to alcohol and drug treatment for prisoners?

Today Labour are asking three questions. These are about the economy, CERA, and Judith Collin’s obligations under the Cabinet Manual. The Greens have two questions, one of potential fraud in the health sector and the other on Public-Private Partnerships to build new schools. New Zealand First are asking about Novopay and, Pike River.

Patsy of the day goes to Paul Foster-Bell for Question 11: What investment is the Government making in improving nutrition and exercise for pre-schoolers?

General Debate 3.00PM -4.00PM

An entertaining and informative debate consisting of 12 speeches of no more than 5 minutes each.

Government Bills 4.00PM-6.00Pm – 7.30PM-10.00PM.

1. Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill -First Reading

2. Environmental Reporting Bill- First Reading

3. Energy (Fuels, Levies, and References) Amendment Bill- First Reading

The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill is being introduced by the Minister for Building and Construction, Maurice Williamson. This bill amends the Building Act 2004 to improve the system for managing earthquake-prone buildings.

The Environmental Reporting Bill is being introduced by the Minister for the Environment, Amy Adams. The purpose of this Bill is to create a national-level environmental reporting system to ensure that reporting on the environment occurs on a regular basis and can be trusted.

The Energy (Fuels, Levies, and References) Amendment Bill is being introduced by the Minister for Energy and Resources, Simon Bridges. The objective of this Bill is to allow for the costs of meeting New Zealand’s oil stockholding treaty obligation under the Agreement on an International Energy Program to be met through a levy on fuel.

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11 Responses to “Parliament Today 5 March 2014”

  1. peterwn (3,333 comments) says:

    IMO patsy of the day is Q2 – it will be like a schoolboy bowler delivering to a top international batsman.

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  2. Dave Stringer (190 comments) says:

    Is Kevin Hague a Richard (dick) or what.
    I thought the speaker was going to blow a blood vessel at the end of Q5.

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  3. big bruv (14,217 comments) says:

    You cant say that Dave. Hauge is gay so he is not allowed to be criticised lest one is accused of picking on minorities.

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  4. Dave Stringer (190 comments) says:

    Ah
    Right
    I’d forgotten that part of Standing Orders

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  5. Dave Stringer (190 comments) says:

    Such fun today in the house

    The co-leader of the Green Party has announced that they will now place children at the centre of every policy they pursue when, (not if,) they form a government. I wonder what happened to the environment being the heart of all Green Party policy. Should be fun to see how they will put children at the heart of their international trade policy.

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  6. Snibbo (1 comment) says:

    RE: PIKE RIVER – MINE DISASTER
    The workers also have a responsibility. At Pike River, miners union (EPMU and forerunner) failed in representing workers industrial health and safety interests – with pay and benefits the most basic of workers’ welfare interests (which of course includes monitoring performance by Dept. Labour of mining safety responsibilities). Much of this is the fault of trade union membership who permitted a takeover of their union (and trade unions generally by people from the urban educated liberal elite who see themselves as being more a part of the “Labour Movement” than as trade union activists. This description appears to fit Andrew Little, miners union/EPMU General Secretary for 11 years (until he resigned to pursue the next stages of his labour movement political career – and perhaps also fits predecessor, Rex Jones) during which 11 time the rot set into mining safety – following the destruction of regulation by previous National Governments (left unremedied by the following Labor Government). Both Jones and Little found time to be President of the Labour Party at the same time as being General Secretary of the Union. Mr Little apparently was not likely to robustly challenge the industrial safety policy failures of Labour Government Ministers of Labour and dereliction of duty by Dept. Labour chiefs.

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  7. jp_1983 (236 comments) says:

    Dave Stringer (182 comments) says:
    March 5th, 2014 at 3:25 pm
    Such fun today in the house

    The co-leader of the Green Party has announced that they will now place children at the centre of every policy they pursue when, (not if,) they form a government. I wonder what happened to the environment being the heart of all Green Party policy. Should be fun to see how they will put children at the heart of their international trade policy.

    They can plant all the trees with their hands

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  8. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Every time I see that weirdo from Wgtn Central, with effeminate Lees-Galloway and Hipkins grinning in support of pathetic questions, it makes me feel like going in and whacking them. Fancy taxpayers being stung to give these leeches positions of excess pay and privilege, never having done a decent day’s work in their disgusting lives.

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  9. peterwn (3,333 comments) says:

    snibbo – I do not accept this re Pike River. I may sound like a socialist but the Rogernomics Labour Government and subsequent National Government effectively broke down the union movement. Waves of redundancies also weakened unions. This limited what unions could do. At the same time employers in dangerous industries (mining, energy, forestry, etc, etc) sought and were allowed ‘self regulation’, with HASIE Act penal provisions serving as a backstop.

    This meant that safety did not get special priority at Pike River as safety matters had to take their turn with finance, etc in the overflowing ‘in’ boxes of senior managers. The back-stop penal provisions effectively failed because there was insufficient evidence and availability of witnesses (some managers were so worried about safety they resigned and returned to Australia) to ensure a reasonable chance of prosecutions.

    Hence the return to a more heavy-handed regulatory regime under of all things – a National Government.

    In my previous employment in the electricity industry there was a fatality due to workers having to do things beyond their capability. The fatality was a hedgehog nosing round the end of a live cable, but that was pretty scary – it could have been a kid.

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  10. gravedodger (1,575 comments) says:

    Watched the Qtime from Dyson on,
    Jesus wept “Her majesties Loyal Opposition” surely the Com Com and advertising standards should investigate.

    Then General Debate, with almost unseemly relish Amy Adams handed an absent Silent t his arse in a grand slam slap down.

    After another couple of appetizers back to the chamber with beautifully coiffed hair came the messiah and the occupants of all the seats in shot, for a rambling spittle laden rant on how his mob would save us all, his new tie could have been sent on to the Muppet show for Stattler or Walldorf, shiney resting places for the spittle that didn’t make it to the clutch of notes.
    Real opportunity for the supplier of the hair spray to get a credit also.

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  11. OneTrack (3,348 comments) says:

    peterwn – If the unions spent less time protesting against the National government and more time looking after their members, surely they could have at least raised a stink about safety issues at Pike River, and achieved something useful.

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