(ed:..i will post a commentary @ the close of proceedings..)
Questions to Ministers
1)..Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Finance: What steps has the Government taken to responsibly manage its finances and stop the increase in public debt?
(he could bore for new zealand..that english..
..even the sycophants sitting behind him are struggling to stay awake…)
..english repeats the austerity/do-nothing-mantra that ‘govts don’t grow economies’..
2)..DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his statements?
shearer vs. key…
..shearer didn’t get any traction..and key blamed ‘the last labour govt’..
3)..METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he still stand by his statement that “The welfare system will always be there to support those who genuinely need it”?
..turei asks if men will also be offered this contraception-option..
1/3rd of children in poverty live in homes with working parents..(ed:..that’d be that low-wage economy again..eh..?..)
4)..Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made on the Government’s welfare reforms to support more people off welfare?
welfare-changes are detailed..
5)..DENIS O’ROURKE to the Prime Minister: Did he involve Auckland City Council in discussions he or his staff had with SkyCity about a national convention centre in Auckland during 2009 and 2010?
o’rourke is digging for scandal…
6)..JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Defence: What reports has he received regarding New Zealand Defence Force training exercises?
7)..GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How many people will lose access to some or all of their student allowance as a result of the changes he announced last week?
4-5,000 will not now be eligible..
8)..MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Justice: What steps is the Government taking to reduce unnecessary parole hearings?
time between hearings to be lengthened..
9)..JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: What proportion of the 87,000 young people not in employment, training or education will be assisted by her youth services package?
16% will be targeted..other services for young people will be cut..
10)..HOLLY WALKER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What official advice, if any, has he received about how increasing the student loan repayment rate will impact on young families and those on low incomes?
11)..Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Prime Minister: Does he believe Hon John Banks when he said on Friday, 27 April 2012 that he could not remember a helicopter trip to the Dotcom mansion, and if not, was Mr Banks’ comment consistent with clause 2.53 of the Cabinet Office Manual which states “… at all times, Ministers are expected to act lawfully and to behave in a way that upholds, and is seen to uphold, the highest ethical standards. Ultimately Ministers are accountable to the Prime Minister for their behaviour.”?
did he talk to banks..?..answer:..’no’..
key and mallard make it clear how much they loath/detest each other..
(key then tries to defend his not asking banks directly..)
12)..CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Broadcasting: What progress is the Government making towards the digital switchover?..”
summary:..a boring/torpor-ridden (non)-exercise in democracy..
..the only sign of any life being key and mallard snarling at each other..
..(and also over in a record short time..48 mins..)
..avoid the replays like the plague..a 1/10 questiontime…