Parliament Today 21 May 2014

Questions for Oral Answer.

Questions for Minister 2.00PM -3.00PM.

  1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  2. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: In preparing Budget 2014, what advice did the Government receive on how responsible fiscal management will take pressure off interest rates for New Zealand households and businesses?
  3. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any report from the Treasury disproving the analysis from Westpac’s chief economist that a proposed 15 percent tax on capital gains on investment property would have a significant effect on the net present value of residential rental property investments; if so, will he table that Treasury report?
  4. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  5. MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Education: How will Budget 2014 continue to support the education system?
  6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What consultation with general practitioners, nurses, and district health boards did he undertake before announcing free doctors’ visits for children aged under 13?
  7. Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister for Social Development: What measures does Budget 2014 contain to support vulnerable children?
  8. Su’a WILLIAM SIO to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that he has a “plan to deliver a brighter future for New Zealand.”?
  9. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister for Building and Construction: Will he change the Construction Contracts Amendment Bill or promote other legislative change to ensure that money held by a main contractor, for payment to subcontractors when their work is completed, is not used for any purpose other than paying those subcontractors?
  10. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for the Environment: How does Budget 2014 help communities and councils manage their local freshwater resources?
  11. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all her answers to Oral Question No. 11 yesterday?
  12. ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Minister of Finance: How much have departmental output expenses been cut in Budget 2014 for the 2014/15 financial year compared with the 2013/14 financial year?

Today Labour are asking whether the Prime Minister stands by all his statements, capital gains tax, free doctors visits, whether National is delivering a brighter future, and whether the Minister of Justice stands by her answers yesterday. The Greens are asking whether the Prime Minister stands by all his statements and payments to building contractors. New Zealand First is asking about cuts in departmental budgets as a result of the budget.

Patsy question of the day goes to Maggie Barry for Question 5: How will Budget 2014 continue to support the education system?

General Debate 3.00PM-4.00 PM 

A wide ranging consisting of 12 speeches of no more than 5 minutes in length. Amusing and informative.

Valedictory Speech of Shane Jones MP 5.30PM-5.45PM

The Valedictory Speech of Shane Jones, a Labour List MP. His Wikipedia biography is here.

Government Bills 4.00PM – 5.30PM and 7.30PM-10.00PM.

1. Appropriation (2014/15 Estimates) Bill – Second Reading

2. Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 3)– Third Reading

3. Food Bill – Third Reading

The Appropriation (2014/15 Estimates) Bill (The Budget) is  being guided through the house by the Minister of Finance, Bill English. This bill seeks parliamentary authorisation of the individual appropriations contained in The Estimates of Appropriations for the Government of New Zealand for the year ending 30 June 2015 .

The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 3) is being guided throught the house by the Minister of Local Government, Paula Bennett. This bill would implement the Government’s second phase of legislative reform relating to the operation of local government.

The Food Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Food Safety, Nikki Kaye. The bill introduces substantial reforms to the regulatory regime for the safety and suitability of food.

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