Question Time

John Key tears Angry Andy, Labour, Grant Robertson and Baby-Green a new one

Takes a bit of watching, but Key is on the same page as Whaleoil readers – protecting law abiding citizens instead of Aussie criminals who happen to lack an Aussie passport and don’t even want to come here.   Why Labour and the Greens are dying in a ditch over a few dozen scumbags is beyond me.  The voting public are clearly on the side of law and order, not of child molesters and rapists, or their enablers.

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Peters thrown out of the debating chamber – was he hard done by? [POLL]

Bit of an asymmetric war here.   Who do you think was in the right?

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Green Party to crowd-source questions for parliament

In a first for New Zealand, the Green Party is giving the public a unique chance to be more involved in Parliament’s question time by having their own question on climate change asked of the Government.

“Parliament is meant to be the People’s House but question time is normally just for MPs,” said Green Party co-leader Dr Russel Norman.  “The problem is that we have run out of ideas”.

“In the age of social media there’s no excuse why the public shouldn’t be more involved in asking questions of those in power who are making decisions which will affect us all.

“And let’s face it, the Green Party has been marginalised and not taken seriously by half of our own voters, not to mention Labour, National and just about everyone else.  Frankly, it’s time for the public to put up or shut up.”

“From today until 5pm Monday 27th, the public can submit a question they want to ask the Government on Facebook and Twitter. Read more »

Prime Minister Key v King Winston

This happens for Question 11 at question time yesterday.

And there he goes… raising the problem of sexual violence in Northland.

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Question time/Questions for oral answer

Questions to Ministers


  1. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Finance: What measures did Budget 2014 include to support children and families, as part of the Government’s wider programme to build a more productive and competitive economy?
  2. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Productivity Commission regarding consumer prices that “when judged against average expenditure, the price level in New Zealand appears relatively high”?
  3. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Is he confident that ordinary New Zealanders are being treated fairly under the emissions trading scheme?
  4. SIMON O’CONNOR to the Minister of Transport: What announcements did the Government make in Budget 2014 regarding investment in Auckland transport infrastructure?
  5. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: How many homes have been built in the Special Housing Areas as a result of the Auckland Housing Accord, and now have people living in them? Read more »

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Question time/Questions for oral answer

Questions to Ministers

  1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he still stand by his statement, “there’s no fundamental underlying reasons to believe there’s a problem in our housing market”; if so, has his Government done enough to assist people into their own home?
  2. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Finance: Over the past six Budgets, has the Government made the tax system fairer for households and businesses; if so, how?
  3. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Is he aware of any ongoing fiscal risks to the Crown resulting from the operation of the emissions trading scheme?
  4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree that Scenario 2 in the Budget 2014 Economic and Fiscal Update, which is based on net migration being over 40,000 people, forecasts higher interest rates, increased housing demand, higher inflation, more household dis-savings, and that “… additional consumption is funded through increasing levels of household debt and this constrains consumption growth further as debt servicing costs increase”?
  5. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Science and Innovation:What recent announcements has he made about the future direction of investment in science and innovation in New Zealand? Read more »

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Question time/Questions for oral answer

Questions to Ministers


  1. TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister of Immigration: What is the Government doing to reduce the inflow of immigrants?
  2. Hon KATE WILKINSON to the Minister of Finance: How is Budget 2014, as part of the Government’s wider economic programme, helping New Zealanders to get ahead?
  3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  4. MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Police: What steps is the Government taking to reduce the harm caused by methamphetamine in New Zealand?
  5. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  6. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by his statement that a register of foreign ownership “would be a waste of money”?
  7. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Health: What investment is the Government making in Budget 2014 to improve cancer services? Read more »

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Question time/Questions for oral answer

Questions to Ministers

  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?

You can follow proceedings starting at 2 pm on TV (Freeview 22, Sky 86), on the or streaming audio via Radio New Zealand and by streaming Parliament TV via the internet.  After the sitting day, on-demand replays can be found at In The House


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John Armstrong on Labour vs Key

I think John Armstrong enjoyed the goings on in parliament despite himself.

It was only a matter of time before the high political stakes wrapped up in the Opposition’s relentless efforts to secure the political scalp of Judith Collins would prompt a boilover of emotions in Parliament.

National MPs were going to endure only for so long the accusations of cronyism and corruption flung at them by Labour and New Zealand First.

Yesterday was the day National hit back – and, with the Prime Minister in red-hot form, hit back with some force. John Key stopped short of really dishing the dirt. But every time he got to his feet to reply to Opposition taunts, the fur really began to fly.

The catalyst for what was by far the rowdiest question time in Parliament this year was a change of tactics on Labour’s part. Thinking there was little point in putting further questions to Collins when it was already widely accepted she had a conflict of interest in her dealings with milk exporter Oravida, Labour instead allocated its quota to targeting the Prime Minister to put the heat on him for not sacking Collins when the case for doing so seemed utterly conclusive.

The tactical change may have turned out to have been a strategic mistake, however.

Was  it ever.  Never take your foot of the throat.   Read more »

And the Oscar goes to

by blokeintakapuna

…Grant Robertson with partners TV3 and TVNZ for Grant’s sanctimonious and faux moral outrage pantomime, with him dancing on a pin head effort with yesterday’s Question time.

Yes viewers, since only late 2008 it’s been a rapid rise for this Labour Party contestant to yesterday’s lofty heights, when all his intellect and blinding ability to avoid large white elephants came into play where he waltzed around the issue of his leaders secret trust, secret donors and the laundering of secret funds by secret financiers – to highlight and demonstrate the moral outrage about someone new to a city needing to travel because of two meetings – both in other parts of the city.

Viewers – He almost managed some spittle, the faux outrage was so realistic.

…and so this Labour Party high flyer asks – “Are you aware NZ, that two separate meetings were held in the same city. The same city NZ!. Attended by the same person, in the same city .on the same day! Yes, NZ that’s what you could expect with a National Party MP – attending meetings all over the place.”

Telefibbing Media can confidently report that a Labour Party MP would only go on overseas trips to warm, sunny places with lots of free food & clean air, where they can take their partners for a week or so and under very few extraordinary circumstances would more than one meeting be attended in any one day. And even then, Mr. Robertson assures us, it would be more of a talk fest with very little productivity indeed.   Read more »