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Thursday, 12 May 2016

Questions to Ministers

  1. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Revenue: Would greater disclosure requirements in our foreign trust regime reduce the potential use of foreign trusts for tax evasion and money laundering?
  2. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the outlook for the New Zealand economy in the lead up to Budget 2016?
  3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What advice, if any, has he received on cost pressures facing community health providers because of underfunding?
  4. DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements?
  5. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has he made regarding the Government’s commitment to improving the road link between Auckland, Coromandel, and the Western Bay of Plenty?
  6. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does the Government plan to introduce new policies to reverse the decline in home ownership; if so, how long will it take to reverse it?
  7. RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister for Primary Industries:What further advice does he intend to provide to New Zealand farmers on the Government’s ongoing response to the invasive pest plant velvet leaf, otherwise known as China jute, butter print, and Indian mallow?
  8. STUART SMITH to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How is the Government ensuring overseas-based New Zealanders repay their student loans?
  9. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: What criteria do Police use to decide whether or not to respond to a call from the public about a crime that has been committed or is being committed?
  10. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Disability Issues: How is the Government continuing to support, promote, and maintain New Zealand Sign Language?
  11. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Land Information: Does she stand by all her statements regarding Land Information New Zealand and the Overseas Investment Office?
  12. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister of Conservation: What announcements has she made on a response to the threat posed by pests to our native wildlife?

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  • Woody

    I know I must be mistaken, but #1 actually seems like a question looking for an informative answer, except that I know the question in other forms has already been asked and answered.

    It is really another “When did you stop beating your wife” question.

  • Annoyed

    1) We have rules in place that significantly reduce the risks of tax evasion and money laundering in New Zealand. What you seem to be wanting is for us to interfere with the sovereign laws of other countries? Is that correct? Why does the member believe we should be acting as a Police force for other countries?

  • Nige.

    First question goes to the new darling of the media party. To give her context this is how respectful she is of her position and that of the prime minister

    • Woody

      They do seem to think that if they spray enough venom on Twitter it will prove that they are relevant. Nice to see Woodhouse reiterating what I said earlier which was that the questions had been asked and answered previously. They never received the memo that asking the same question over and over will still not make answer what they want to hear.

    • Kiwiracer

      She’s right in one respect, the whole Panama papers fiasco is “not a big deal”

  • Woody

    Haven’t seen Cunliffe going on for a bit, seeing him in action, I am sorry he is a man too, certainly seems to be single minded about asking things which are not at all relevant.