The House Today #nzqt

Question time/Questions for oral answer starts at 2 pm today.

Questions to Ministers


  1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with the OECD that “when income inequality rises, economic growth falls”?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with yesterday’s OECD report that “focusing exclusively on growth and assuming that its benefits will automatically trickle down to the different segments of the population may undermine growth in the long run”; if not, why not?
  3. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Finance: What progress has the Government made in delivering on its economic objectives for 2014?
  4. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What impact will Fonterra’s revised forecast payout have on the Government’s 2014/15 surplus?
  5. RON MARK to the Minister of Defence: Does he stand by all his statements regarding a potential deployment of combat troops to Iraq?
  6. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: What progress has the Government made in 2014 towards its vision for the rebuild of Christchurch?
  7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: When did he last discuss the sale of state housing stock with Cabinet or a Cabinet Committee?
  8. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Health: What improvements to cancer care are expected as a result of the New Zealand Cancer Plan 2015-18?
  9. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: Did she raise any concerns with the Minister of Energy and Resources about the potential impacts on the Māui dolphin, a critically endangered species, of granting an oil and gas exploration permit in their habitat, including in a marine mammal sanctuary?
  10. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for Economic Development: Is he concerned at the scale of corporate welfare in New Zealand under this Government; if not, why not?
  11. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Police: Does he know whether or not the allegations in Matt Nippert’s 31 August 2014 article in the Sunday Star-Times that Cameron Slater and Carrick Graham were paid to undermine the Serious Fraud Office are correct?
  12. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Customs: What updates can she provide about the SmartGate passenger processing system?

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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  • Q11: the final Question Time reference to Whaleoil in 2014. Thank goodness for that; it’s time Labour stopped flogging a dead horse.

  • Quinton Hogg

    Q1 &2. essentially the same question.

    • redeye

      Yes and I’m hoping Key is on his game because the questions are so lame he should be able to crucify them .

      • colinrippey

        He played back the first few from Angry Little quite safely but swung for the fence on the last supplementary from AL. Not a particularly telling answer, politically, but it went Six Rows Back!

        Similarly Woodhouse (Police, SFO) waited patiently for the first few from Parker , just prodding them back. He then flogged the poisonous dwarf out of the park.

        This was the only series of questions today where Cam got a mention (3 of them, by my count).

  • maninblack

    Good to see:

    DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for Economic Development: Is he concerned at the scale of corporate welfare in New Zealand under this Government; if not, why not?

    Way to much walfare in this country, corporate or otherwise!!

    • Nige.

      1)Seymour is impressing me. Well hes doing better than i expected.

      2) add Public service welfare too.

  • OT Richter

    I sure that Robertson gets some sort of pleasure in seeing farmers struggle with a low payout if it means the govt not meeting surplus.

    • Edward Bufe

      Maybe Robertson and his entourage should volunteer their salaries to help the farmers seeing he is so concerned about the surplus.

  • Day Day

    Labour are looking particularly po faced. They all look like they want to go home.

  • Ross

    The Ginger Whinger proving (yet) again you can ask the same question 5 times and still not get anywhere. What a waste…

    • Rod

      Proves the old saying that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

    • oldmanNZ

      my god…he kept saying that the National economic policies were a fail (which it was not? where did it failed?), the question were of course, misleading.
      ” why can’t the PM see the OCED report as a opportunity to move away from failed economic……”

      I think Mr ‘print more money” should stick to asking questing about JK textual relationship with bloggers.

  • metalnwood

    Lol. ” Mr speaker, I wasn’t a storeman”, in his best squeaky voice.
    Mr Speaker “Sit down!”

  • dgrogan

    The PM was in top form today in the house. He wiped the floor with Little. Shame MSM had such high hopes for the new Labour leader.

  • kayaker

    Just listening to Winnie in his Christmas wrap-up in the house. The sky’s falling in people. Either that, or he’s been on the lunchtime turps again. Bless.

  • Goldfish

    I’ve seldom heard anything as ludicrous as the statement when income inequality rises, economic growth falls coming from someone who is supposedly learned.

    That statement implies that when there is no inequality (i.e. when everyone is paid identically) then you have maximum economic growth. Most semi intelligent people know that to be wrong and absurd.