Parliament Today 10 April 2014

April 10th, 2014 at 1:19 pm by Jordan.M

Questions for Oral Answer.

Questions for Ministers 2.00PM – 3.00PM

  1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he think conservation land, designated as ecological areas, should be opened up for petroleum exploration as part of Block Offer 2014?
  2. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he believe that the Government’s policies have reduced income inequality; if so, does he agree with the IMF that rising inequality slows economic growth?
  3. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making with its share offer programme to free up capital to invest in new public assets without having to borrow more from overseas lenders?
  4. DENIS O’ROURKE to the Minister of Transport: Does he agree with the conclusion in the 2012 New Zealand Transport Agency commissioned report by Opus International that coastal shipping, followed by rail, are the most cost effective modes of transporting freight over long distances in New Zealand?
  5. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What recent reports has he seen on the funding of hospitals in New Zealand?
  6. MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Police: What steps is the Government taking to reduce the supply of methamphetamine and its precursors into New Zealand?
  7. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that no student will be worse off as a result of the establishment of the new category of Expert Teacher; if so, why?
  8. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What update can he give on the Government’s Warm Up New Zealand home insulation programmes?
  9. ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by his statement, “Taranaki is one of the leading regions, if not the leading region in the country.”?
  10. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Senior Citizens: What recent announcement has she made about elder abuse and neglect prevention?
  11. DENISE ROCHE to the Associate Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that “he has absolutely nothing to hide” in regard to any potential conflicts of interest in regard to his duties as the Associate Minister of Health?
  12. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: Does she know the name and employing department of the Chinese official that she had dinner with in Beijing on 20 October 2013 on her Ministerial visit to China; if so, is the reason that she has refused to tell the House that information is because she believes it is not in the public interest to do so?

Today Labour are asking about income inequality, hospital funding, expert teachers, regional development of the Taranaki, and Oravida. The Greens are asking about petroleum exploration, and ministerial conflicts of interest.  New Zealand First are asking about coastal shipping.

Patsy question of the day goes to Johnathan Young for Question 8: What update can he give on the Government’s Warm Up New Zealand home insulation programmes?

Government Bills 3.00PM -6.ooPM

1. Veterans’ Support Bill – Second Reading

2. Credit Contracts and Financial Services Law Reform Bill – Second Reading

The Veterans’ Support Bill is being guided through the house by Minister of Veterans Affairs, Michael Woodhouse. This bill proposes a new support scheme for veterans of military service that would replace the current scheme prescribed in the War Pensions Act 1954.

The Credit Contracts and Financial Services Law Reform Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Commerce, Craig Foss. This bill proposes amendments to the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003 and the repeal of the Credit (Repossession) Act 1997. The objects of the bill are the reform of the legislation governing consumer credit contracts.

 

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23 Responses to “Parliament Today 10 April 2014”

  1. coge (190 comments) says:

    Dumb question of the day goes to David Parker.

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  2. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    This failed economic fraud Parker is really no better than “Tojo”, having fiscal abilities of a dole bludger, and morals of a rodent. Can Labour only get failures to represent them these days!

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  3. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Seems a fair enough question: asking about the relationship between economic growth and income inequality.

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  4. peterwn (3,271 comments) says:

    Mikenmild – The relationship between inequality and economic growth is very simple – try and achieve income equality by brute force and ‘Robin Hood’ taxes and the economy will stop growing.

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  5. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Perhaps the answer to the question will be a little more scientific than that…

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  6. Redbaiter (8,810 comments) says:

    Bill English just parroting communist propaganda re “equality” in reply to David Parker’s hopeless line of questioning. Dimwitted response so symbolic of National Party’s abject surrender to Progressivism.

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  7. Ed Snack (1,872 comments) says:

    mikenmild, maybe, but the report actually concludes that equality up to a point may help economic growth, and past that point progressively hinders growth. As far as I can tell, NZ is already past that point, as is the UK for example.

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  8. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    I assume you are referring to a report referenced in the answer. I’ll have to wait for the answers to be posted and look it up.

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  9. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    milko: Is your benefit not paying enough? If one wants to improve one’s self the solution is simple, upskill, or go into business; but of course, being a leftie, you will have a sense of entitlement, and be too lazy to do the hard yards.

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  10. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    igm
    Your ignorance is pretty much all-encompassing; but in particular you know nothing about me…

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  11. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    milko: Just your general attitude shows you are in envy of successful people, having the usual Labour attitude that taxpayers owe every loser a living above standard.

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  12. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    I’d be interested if you could point to any comment of mine that shows envy such as you describe; even more interested if you could show me displaying an ‘attitude that taxpayers owe every loser a living above standard’, whatever that means.

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  13. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    Anne Tolley’s response (in part) to Question 6:

    This week the Minister of Customs and I announced $1.1 million will be used to place a police attaché officer in Guangdong Province in southern China for a 2-year trial to work, strengthening our relationship with Chinese enforcement agencies. This police officer will help to identify organised criminals attempting to smuggle methamphetamine and its precursors into New Zealand. This funding will also be used for Customs Service and police staff to take part in targeted operations in China. Southern China is used by criminals to source precursors and smuggle them into New Zealand, and this programme is expected to result in a significant disruption to this trade. New Zealand and Chinese agencies are already producing excellent results, and this initiative will support them to be even more effective in keeping these drugs and precursors out of the country.

    “Already producing excellent results” when the Chinese authorities refuse to crack down on those businesses producing ephedrine and pseudo-ephedrine, instead “co-operating” on border control… when it suits them.

    Other countries aren’t quite so naive, calling China “uncooperative”:

    Chinese gangs provide the Mexican drug cartels with ingredients to create methamphetamine… according to Jorge Guajardo, the Mexican ambassador to China from 2007 to 2013… “There was never any cooperation from the Chinese side and no intelligence sharing,” he said. “It got to the point where all [Mexican] government officials visiting China had instructions to bring up the issue.

    “Simply put, the Chinese have elevated ‘authoritarian capitalism’ to an art form,” Bunker said. “Their strategic mandate is to achieve profit—positive cash flow—for their economic system. In many ways, this is very mercantilist, zero-sum like, and predatory in its perspective.” Guajardo… said Chinese officials told Mexico that the flow of meth precursors is a problem for Mexico’s customs and not for China to worry about.

    While trafficking gets pinned on Chinese organized crime, government corruption in China is just as much to blame.

    As recently as 2008, local governments in Guangdong, China, were encouraging farmers to grow ma huang and were promising more than 64 percent profit. Ma huang, also called Ephedra sinica, is used in traditional Chinese medicine and is a natural source of ephedrine.

    But hey, they say they’re cooperating in stopping this debilitating scourge from damaging NZ society and destroying NZ lives, so it must be true. We don’t want to lose some precious trade dollars by calling them on it, and and junkies and their victims are just collateral damage.

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  14. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (888 comments) says:

    Equality can be achieved only by taxing success and giving it to those who fail. Bring on more taxes.

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  15. doggone7 (801 comments) says:

    New Minister of Agriculture? Judith Collins – a real cow.

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  16. Johnboy (16,529 comments) says:

    Too all you ignorant bastards can I please point out that Milkey is a HOBM supporter!

    All the HOBM supporters I have ever met are rather wealthy capitalist fucks residing in the Hutt Valley area.

    No one else but rich buggers could afford to support a useless team like HOBM! :)

    Even Owen can’t afford to keep the Worriers going! :)

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  17. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Nice to know you care, Johnboy.

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  18. Johnboy (16,529 comments) says:

    Saint Wussel tells us we should all care about endangered species Milkey. :)

    I have taken on board his Gospel and constantly pray for any poor chaps who support HOBM/Petone in case Gareth cast’s his eyes northward to Hutt Rec! :)

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  19. Johnboy (16,529 comments) says:

    I haven’t prayed for any cats yet in case you wondered! :)

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  20. mjw (396 comments) says:

    While the PM is claiming credit for the government’s strong relationship with China, other members of Cabinet are saying they have no ministerial responsibility for such things … go figure.

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  21. David Garrett (7,271 comments) says:

    Question 3…How the fuck can Tau bring himself to ask that?? ” Having to Ask bullshit patsy questions” might be one of reasons he’s quit…

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  22. OneTrack (3,089 comments) says:

    Herald – “However, Ms Genter said Dr Brash was “misinformed” about the central rail link. It was “understandable for someone Brash’s age and background” that he didn’t understand the full economic benefits of a project like the rail link.”

    An agist and elitist comment from the Greens. Trust us, we know what we are doing. Just pay more taxes.

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  23. leftyliberal (651 comments) says:

    OneTrack: Genter is disappointed in what was highlighted – point she was making (badly!) is generational viewpoints are known to have an influence, but nonetheless it’s something that shouldn’t have been said.

    https://twitter.com/JulieAnneGenter/status/454393882067730432

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