Questions to Ministers
Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by the statement in the Speech from the Throne: “Building a truly prosperous country means sharing the wealth generated by our economy”; if so, under current law how much less tax will a teacher without children on the full-time average wage pay per year from 1 April 2018 compared to now?
english tries to make the case of how terrible it is that the tories’ tax cuts will not happen…ardern sees him off…(and english crying crocodile-tears over workers’ incomes – is kinda gagging-inducing..given how his government fucked over workers for nine long years..)
PAUL EAGLE to the Minister of Finance: Does he support using a wider set of measures of success for the economy; if so, why?
robertson promises to include social wellbeing imperatives into budget legislation..
Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction: Does she consider material deprivation as an important indicator of children in poverty; if so, will her Government use it as one of their measures to show any reduction in child poverty?
(smirking-loon nick smith gurning behind bennett..while bennett cries crocodile-tears for the children in poverty she both created and ignored..)
JAN TINETTI to the Minister of Education: Does he accept that there is a major shortage of teachers going into the 2018 school year; if so, what will he do to address it?
(ed: i am guessing the gummint will wipe that onerous four grand fee for teachers wanting to return to the profession..)
Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: Is it his intention that in the year commencing 1 April 2018, each superannuitant couple will receive $681 less in New Zealand superannuation payments than they otherwise would under the law as it currently stands?
robertson promises more support for superannuitants – and slams joyce for his ‘caring’-pretensions..and tells joyce he has ‘only one more sleep’ before he will know all the details of the families package tomorrow..
Hon NATHAN GUY to the Minister of Agriculture: Does he stand by all his statements?
DARROCH BALL to the Minister of Defence: What reports has he received on cost pressures within Defence projects?
(former speaker of the house looking very louche/under-utilised – lounging in the back row of the opposition benches..)
tory gummint blew $8 million by delaying approval of a contract to upgrade defence-system..
Hon NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Education: Does he agree with the Treasury statement that the removal of National Standards should “be delayed until the new assessment framework is ready for implementation. This is to prevent a gap in systems-level information on the overall performance of primary schools and the foundational skills of reading, writing and maths, which are critical to later success in education and training”; if not, why not?
chippy hipkins gets slam-dunk on kaye – who moaned: ‘when will the gummint listen to the parents?’ – hipkins: ‘we did – it was called a general election – we won!’
CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Police: Has he received any advice from officials about recruiting 1,800 additional police over the next 3 years; if so, on what dates did he receive that advice?
nash does better than he did yesterday..
RINO TIRIKATENE to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received about the Southern Partnership Group?
Hon LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Social Development: Of the 276,041 people currently on working-age benefits, how many have been on a benefit for more than 20 years and how many people will she reduce it by in the next year?
sepuloni sez that arbitrary targets will not be set..and gummint will focus on education upskilling and training..
ANAHILA KANONGATA’A-SUISUIKI to the Associate Minister of Health: What recent reports has she received on Maori and Pacific adults’ access to primary health care?
promises for cheaper health care..
summary: an unexciting q-time..ardern kicked it off well with her responses to english..
todays crocodile-tears-for-the-poor award is shared by english/bennet/joyce..
nick smith gets a special nod for his gurning efforts..
and the former speaker/now opposition backbencher – gets a lounge-lizard award..(does he pour himself into his seat.?..)
chippy hipkins gets one-liner-of -the-day..
but performer of the day goes to grant robertson…a man who seems to be enjoying being so busy…
and the takeaway-fact is that the tory gummint blew $8 million – by not initialing a contract in time…
and that was questiontime…