The House Today #nzqt

Parliament is sitting today.

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

Questions to Ministers

  1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, “There’s actually quite legitimate business in New Zealand for servicing foreign trusts”?
  2. JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the state of the Crown accounts ahead of Budget 2016?
  4. RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  5. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Housing: What support will Budget 2016 provide for people in need of emergency housing?
  6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What is the total amount of efficiencies since 2011/12 made by the 20 district health boards and how much have they made for the February year to date?
  7. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Revenue: Does he stand by his statement, “these are the facts: there is no tax avoidance or evasion in New Zealand in respect of foreign trusts … There is no wealth hidden in New Zealand with these foreign trusts”?
  8. MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister for Communications: What recent announcements has she made on progress of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme?
  9. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement made in Budget 2015 that “the unemployment rate is expected to fall below 5% in 2016”?
  10. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made on Communities of Learning?
  11. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: Has EQC’s position that it will reinstate earthquake damage to a condition substantially the same as “when new” been applied to every home repaired in the Canterbury Home Repair Programme; if so, why does the EQC customer guide state that customers’ homes will be returned to a “pre-earthquake state”?
  12. MAHESH BINDRA to the Minister of Corrections: Does she have confidence in the Department of Corrections’ ability to keep both staff and prisoners safe?

This post is a Debate post about the goings on in The House. It is not a general debate post. Off-topic comments will be removed.

 


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  • Jonathon Stone

    Looking forward to QT today, got my bingo card ready.

    • Crowgirl

      You’ll have that filled out after the first question I reckon.

      • Isherman

        I just hope the PM’s answer is actually audible through the wall of lampooning and laughter.

        • Crowgirl

          I hope he manages to keep his hair and suit free of all the Little spittle that’s sure to come his way from across the chamber.

    • sheppy

      Fantastic, I’ll join the game – wonder if it will make the news like the Martyn / Martin TPPA Riot Bingo did

    • Aucky

      You forgot “Cut the crap”.

    • sheppy

      Only got 3 so far and we’re on question 5, although I did miss the first couple of minutes. Maybe play will have to extend into the general debate if there is one today

      • sheppy

        and there isn’t a general debate, this may be a multi day game when the left repeat the whole lot again tomorrow expecting different results….

    • Jonathon Stone

      I had hopes for a good score when David Parker was ejected so early

  • metalnwood

    How stupid is Little to have that as his opening question? How can he say there is no legitimate use of trusts in NZ.

    Surely a well crafted question to hit your opponent is not one where the answer will be one word and correct.

    • OT Richter

      He seems to think that all trusts are purely set up to avoid tax. If he bothered to read/listen to the RNZ interview with Roger Thompson, he would realise that is not the case. I guess that facts are for other people.

  • Keeping Stock

    Where’s Winston today? Ron Mark gets to ask the PM Winston’s First’s standing question.

    And odds of Ron Mark getting into strife with the Speaker and getting turfed for the remainder of Question Time? Around $1.47, I would think…

    • Aucky

      A long lunch at the Green Parrot?

      • R&BAvenger

        Yes, he has a long standing slurring engagement, as opposed to speaking one.

  • shykiwibloke

    It is about time he standing orders were changed to stop stupidly broad questions every session. “Does he stand by all his statements” would be first on my ban-list, with the questioner having to ‘come clean’ with the real purpose of the question on the order paper. This silly question lacks originality and seems to have become a crutch for those intent on grandstanding rather than further the business of governing New Zealand.

  • Cadwallader

    What really annoys me are the repeated “Does he stand by..?” questions. They are wide like a trawling net and no matter what answer is given they result in a simple “yes.” The poser of the question generally ignores the answer then dives into a further rehearsed load of garbage thereby wasting time on the taxpayers’ meter. The government could highlight this absurd practice by posing its own questions to what passes for an Opposition”
    eg To Little Angry: Does he stand by or even recollect what he uttered yesterday? To Winston: Do you hope to be coherent today? To Materia: Is that yet another large and all-embracing designer jacket?
    My suggested questions are no more pointless than the idiotic ones being tossed at the government at our expense.

    • Tom

      Ot toWinston- Can you stand today?

  • Warren

    Q9, I suppose in Robbo’s world ‘expected’ means the same as ‘will’

  • Nige.

    And the prime minister starts things off nicely with a quote from Michael Cullen to counter Andrew Littles silly opening question.

    • Nige.

      The prime minister is in fine form. He looks like a kid in the playground. Excited at the prospect of some playtime.

      • Nige.

        Really going to town on the greens regarding trusts. Has already mentioned mojo matthers trust.

        • sheppy

          The opposition really are like a one legged man at a kicking competition today. Love the fact that “Greenpeace” and “Amnesty International” are in the papers…
          Those in glasshouses shouldn’t throw stones, particularly when they have no idea what stones are, or that they have shares in the glass company that makes money from replacing the windows

          • Nige.

            If they had any brains they would shut up on the subject.

          • Woody

            There is going to be a lot more noise then Nige, brains seem to be in particularly short supply.

          • Nige.

            I can’t believe she got up and said that. What a rigmarole. She didn’t have a clue about the process. She didn’t know what she was trying to say. I just proves to me that she has been brought in for the sole purpose of being the “first profoundly deaf member of parliament”.

          • Tom

            I dont mind the deaf bit , I do object to an MP being dumb!

        • Nige.

          Mojo matthers is getting ready to start “explaining”.

          • sheppy

            My guess is John Key has thoroughly researched his material!

          • Nige.

            Good grief. “It is not a foreign trust….it is a trust in England owned by my family”

          • Woody

            How is that not foreign?

          • Dumrse

            We still have half of their flag stuck on our flag for some god forsaken reason. Makes us family they say.

          • sheppy

            AND a UK based trust apparently isn’t a foreign trust. How much more foreign can you get?

          • R&BAvenger

            True – I am sure they have to queue up in the ‘foreign passport holders’ channel hwne they eneter our country, much like NZers have to queue in the ‘Aliens’ one when arriving in the UK.

          • Justme

            Technically, a UK trust isn’t foreign. A foreigner is anyone who isn’t British. We are all foreigners. The British aren’t.

    • Nige.

      Andrew little failed to be effective. All questions were thrown back in his face. Struggled to maintain composure.

      • jcpry

        I think the sentence is actually a lot shorter.
        “Andrew Little failed” would suffice. Fails at everything.

    • kayaker

      While JK was trying to answer one of Angry’s inane supp questions, the left was making such a noise that the Speaker said there’s no point in the PM answering the questions if those on my left don’t want to listen to the answer. Wham! Boom! Next question…

  • EpochNZ

    I’m not really a fan of watching question time mainly due to the histrionics and childish yelling…..and i can get that at home from my 3 kids. Excuse my ignorance, but is there somewhere online that I can read the replies later at my leisure? Is Hansard online at all (I must admit I havent looked).

  • Nige.

    Parker has been ejected(?) David Carter is clearly not going to fiddle around today.

  • no bullswool

    Looks like JK has been chomping at the bit to defend NZ and our international reputation.Now this is why he is Prime Minister and those on the left not fit to govern.National is the Positive can do Party.The collective left are the Negative tear NZ down Party. No surprise seeing the rabble getting thrown out!

  • R&BAvenger

    Wish I could watch live, but I am working. Are the lefties getting a pasting? Hope JK is on fire.

    • KGB

      Yep he is. Nice to see him on attack.

  • KGB

    Haha Mojo has a foreign trust WHAM

    • Nige.

      No no no….it is a trust in England. That apparently is not a foreign trust according to her.

      • metalnwood

        Not the owner either, just a bene of it. Just what the guy who got Elvis involved says, he is just a bene.

      • Woody

        Weapons grade hypocrisy.

      • Genevieve

        Maybe Mojo thinks that the mother country isn’t foreign?

    • Quinton Hogg

      You know that phrase “be careful what you wish for?”

      Well the greens will be loving this. (not)

      And when you think about it the irony of Hagar and the 7 ronin exposing the activities of the greens and amnesty international is delightful.

    • Quinton Hogg

      I just checked the register of pecuniary interests.

      Ms Mathers trust is mentioned there.

  • metalnwood

    Mojo. ‘I am not the owner of the trust, I am just a beneficiary of the UK trust’. ‘It is not a foreign trust’

    Thanks Mojo, so you are the beneficiary of a foreign trust. Love the spin, it’s in another country but not a foreign trust and just a beneficiary. Just like a lot of the ones you are complaining about.

    Funny how it’s so different when it is you.

    • R&BAvenger

      Hypocritical as expected by lefties.

  • kiwiinamerica

    As we all suspected – a big fat nothing burger! Unearthing Greenpeace, Amnesty International and Green MP Mojo Mathers as having foreign trusts was the perfect way to spike the opposition’s feeble guns.

    • KGB

      Don’t forget Red Cross

    • R&BAvenger

      Will this be reported on MSM news? No guesses to that answer. Hypocrites.

      • Nige.

        It will be reported here. And when it is it will be one of those posts that MUST be shared on social media to highlight hypocrisy.

  • Nige.

    Ron marks turn to put his foot in his mouth. Stand by.

    • Nige.

      Ron mark is reading from a prepared script. He has nothing.

      • kayaker

        Winnie’s foot-in-mouthpiece.

  • Genevieve

    Little and Labour’s ‘big hit’ on National has left Labour looking deader than Elvis.

  • no bullswool

    Good to see Annette getting rattled ,good work Jonathan!

    • Nige.

      Yes. I have to hand it to Annette though that she is like a dog with a bone. She isn’t swayed by this other crap. She’s getting on with her (futile) job. Bless.

  • Nige.

    Julie Anne genter is now standing up in parliament BEGGING for the revenue minister to support her bill which requires people to give out personal information such as passport numbers (!?!? What the??!?).

    Now….which is the party that wants to get rid of gcsb data gathering etc?

    • Woody

      Ahh, but we are not supposed to be able to understand their hypocrisy.

    • R&BAvenger

      MP’s should not beg. That should make a strong, rational submission to the relevant select committee or Minister, followed up by a debate/speech in the House, plus submit a private member’s bill.
      Grandstanding drama, hoping to make it into a snippet of a video clip for the 6o’clock propaganda broadcast, aka ‘the News’?

  • Woody

    Julie Anne Genter. Another who has no understanding of trusts and how they work or why. Perhaps she should ask Mojo for guidance.

  • Nige.

    Robo is not falling for the crap. He’s not broaching the subject of trusts at all. He’s settling for an attempted budget hit.

    • Catriona

      Yes, no comment from Robbo which I find rather disappointing. I mean the windbag was positively gloating pre PP release. He must be more intelligent than I give him credit for as he realises he’ll be mincemeat.

      • Platinum Fox

        I had presumed that Angry Andy pulled rank and told Robbo that he would ask the questions on the Panama papers himself and that Robbo should stick to matters related to his shadow portfolio.

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