(ed:..i will post a commentary @ the close of proceedings..scroll down..)
Tuesday, 2 June 2015
Questions to Ministers
- JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received about the economy’s performance in the lead-up to the Budget last month?
- JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
- ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Did he approve of Minister McCully’s dealings with the Saudi Arabian businessman Hamood Al Ali Al Khalaf?
- Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: How will social bonds help deliver better health outcomes?
- JAN LOGIE to the Minister of Health: Can he guarantee no NGO that embarks on a social bond contract, in order to assist people with the most complex mental health needs into work, will go under as a result of not meeting agreed targets; if not, why not?
- Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What advice, if any, did he receive on the “Better Public Services Seed Funding: Social Bonds Pilots”?
- DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in the House last week that because New Zealand Superannuation costs are currently less than 5 percent of GDP, and are forecast to rise to 8 percent of GDP by 2060, this represents a responsible path for overall Government spending?
- ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Building and Housing: What response has he received from Auckland Council and housing companies to the Auckland Crown land programme launched on Friday?
- GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement in Budget 2014 “the share sale proceeds saw $4.7 billion go to the Future Investment Fund and we said we would spend $1 billion of that on schools, and a further $1 billion on health”; if so, as at Budget 2015 how much has been allocated to health and education from the Future Investment Fund?
- JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Transport: How is the Government supporting the delivery of its Transport priorities?
- Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements with regard to Northland?
- CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement that “the Government is fully funding the delivery of the school curriculum”
things kick off with english taking a series of patsy-questions – so he can belt out a few choruses of ‘you don’t know how lucky you are!’
shaw then holds key to account – calling for a cross-party agreement on climate change..
..key claims that ‘we can’t afford it’..(all in all you’d hafta give it to shaw – a good first showing – and a taste for key of what is to come..)
(i often read the two backbenchers who sit behind key – and the grey-haired one – by the end of the shaw/key encounter – looked like he had just sucked a very large – very sour lemon..heh..!..he is usually such a braying-clown..
..the other one next to him is part of the far-right in national – and likely sits there dreaming of sliding shivs into keys’ back – tantlisingly within reach – just in front of him..)
little then has a go at key over the dodgy saudi arabia sheep-deal cooked up by mccully..
little does ok..
the next few questions are taken up with/by wrangling over nationals plans to privatise social-services
(ed:..i have to report that carmel sepuloni has a death-stare to match/rival that of the master – kennedy graham from the greens..)
seymour then does some rightwing-fretting about the further cost of superannuation.
.key repays him with a veiled threat : that he ‘looks forward’ to working with seymour – ‘as long as he is mp for epsom’..(ed:..ouch..!..eh..?..)
..smith claims there are 12,000 houses being built in auckland – peters notes there are 35,000 immigrants into auckland each/every year…
..robertson has a go – not a lot happens..
peters weighs in on the state of the worst school in nz – in kaikohe..
..peters cites the large wedge of money given to a charter school just down the road from this dump of a school..
..would have paid for 45 new classrooms..
..and we finish with hipkins vs. parata – an encounter that rarely has a clear outcome..
..this is no different..
summary:..all done and dusted in 50 mins – the shortest q-time in my memory.
..there was some frisson to be had from the shaw/key encounter..
..but aside from that it was a fairly tepid affair..
..with perhaps seymour getting the ‘takeaway’ – after key reminds him on whose grace he holds the seat of epsom..