Parliament Today 12 November 2013

Questions for Oral Answer.

Questions to Ministers 2.00PM – 3.00PM.

  1. MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What do official statistics show about progress in the Government’s goal of supporting new jobs and higher incomes for New Zealanders?
  2. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement yesterday that the compensation awarded to the Pike River families “should be serviced by the company, not by the Crown”?
  3. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister of Justice: What steps is the Government taking to support victims of sexual violence?
  4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Will the Government tax realised capital gains on investment property; if not, why not?
  5. JAN LOGIE to the Prime Minister: Will he oppose Sri Lanka chairing the Commonwealth following the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Sri Lanka, as called for by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative?
  6. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Conservation: What steps is the Government taking to improve the conservation of New Zealand’s 113 species of shark?
  7. ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all her answers to Oral Question No. 9 on Tuesday and Oral Question No. 8 on Wednesday last week?
  8. RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister for Primary Industries: What concerns, if any, does he have regarding government policy for the dairy industry in New Zealand?
  9. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Associate Minister of Health: What actions has the Government taken to ensure compliance with the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013?
  10. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Will her proposed changes to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management ensure our rivers and lakes are safe for swimming?
  11. SUE MORONEY to the Minister for Social Development: Does she agree with the statement made by her spokeswoman with regard to Work and Income requirements for the disability allowance that “There’s no reason anyone would be repeatedly asked to prove a congenital condition and we have no information about any cases where that has happened”?
  12. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Commerce: What progress has the Government made on the introduction of new KiwiSaver periodic disclosure rules?

Today Labour are asking about Pike River compensation, Capital Gains Tax, the Roastbusters, and the disability allowance. The Greens are asking about whether CHOGM should be held in Sri Lanka and management of Freshwater. New Zealand First is asking about the dairy industry.

Government MPs are today asking five patsies. These are about the economy, supporting victims of sexual violence, conservation of shark species, compliance with the Psyschoactive Substances Act 2013 and the new periodic Kiwisaver disclosure regime.

Patsy of the day goes to Nicky Wagner for Question 6:  What steps is the Government taking to improve the conservation of New Zealand’s 113 species of shark?

Government Bills 3.00PM-6.00PM and 7.30PM-10.00PM.

1. New Zealand International Convention Centre Bill – Third Reading

2. Members of Parliament (Remuneration and Services) Bill – Committee Stage

3. Health and Safety (Pike River Implementation) Bill – Committee Stage

4. Social Housing Reform (Housing Restructuring and Tenancy Matters Amendment) Bill – Committee Stage

5. Insolvency Practitioners Bill – Committee Stage

The  New Zealand International Convention Centre Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Economic Development, Steven Joyce.The purpose of the Bill is to give effect to an agreement between SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited and the Crown called the New Zealand International Convention Centre Project and Licensing Agreement.

The Members of (Remuneration and Services) Bill is being guided through the house by the Prime Minister, John Key. This bill seeks to establish a new framework for setting entitlements for members of Parliament and the Executive.

The  Health and Safety (Pike River Implementation) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Labour, Simon Bridges. This bill proposes legislative changes to implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy.

The Social Housing Reform (Housing Restructuring and Tenancy Matters Amendment) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Housing, Nick Smith. This bill provides a framework for the future provision of social housing.

The Insolvency Practitioners Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Commerce, Craig Foss. This bill creates powers to restrict or prohibit individuals from providing insolvency services, and strengthens measures to automatically disqualify insolvency practitioners.

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