(ed:..i will post a commentary @ the close of questiontime..)
..ed:..things kicked off with speeches about mandela…
..english was as boring/saying nothing as expected..(and no.he didn’t apologise for past national party/govt/prime ministers’ wholesale support of apartheid..
..parker spoke for labour..and seemed to end his piece with a (seeming sincere) call to end poverty..in mandelas’ name..
..hague spoke for the greens..(fitting given his role in the antitour protest movement..)..and gave a powerful speech..his best yet that i have seen..
petrs was notable for his brevity..(probably written in on the back of a napkin on his way back from lunch..)
flavell proved once again the need for a decent/basic translation service @ parliament..as i wouldn’t have a clue what he said..(turia barely suppressing yawns next to him..)
..dunne seems to use his moments to make a case for ‘forgiveness’..(a plea for ‘forgiveness’ for himself..?..)..(an effete/silly little man..one who should wear ridiculous bow-ties..as a warning to approaching pedestrians..if nothing else..)
..john banks does not speak..(banged-up..?..)..and that’s a shame..as i was looking forward to seeing what knots he would tie himself in..trying to say nice things about someone he called a terrorist for so long..(another silly little man..)
Questions to Ministers
1)..Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Social Development: Will she set specific targets for reducing child poverty; if so, what child poverty measures will she use?
..norman pretty much has bennett pinned/squirming..all bennett has is the same lies/spin/job-creation bullshit/spin we have always heard from her..
..norman is calmly laying bare that bullshit..bennett is panicked/deeply uneasy in her responses/body-language..babbling incessantly..
..and in the process giving a masterclass in the art of the rictus-grin..
(ed:..this encounter couldn’t be a clearer demonstration of how weak bennett/this govt is on this issue..they are unable to defend the indefensible of one in four nz children living in poverty..)
2)..DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What progress has the Government made with its economic programme in 2013?
..english with his usual ‘you don’t know how lucky you are!’ spin/riff..(but unable to stifle his smirking as he claims to have ‘protected the poor’..)
(english does get in one zinger..when he points out/asks ‘just what it is labour stands for?’..you could hear the rustles from the labour benches..as they all shifted uncomfortably in their seats..)
3)..Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: How has the Government’s asset sale programme increased the confidence of “mum and dad investors” in capital markets and improved the standard of living for New Zealanders?
..parker vs. english..it’s kinda like watching a bore-off…and as exciting..
(english jeers at how the share prices of privatised power companies have fallen..(!)..i am sure those mum ‘n dad shareholders he used to so assiduously woo…will be chuffed to hear that..eh..?.
..english compounds that tin-eared/hubris-drenched observation with another howler..
..saying that because those shares were bought by the wealthiest 2%..and they have now fallen..that this is proof that the gap between the richest and the poorest..has closed..(!)…
..(ed:..whoar..!..that sets a new benchmark in political-cynicism/opportunism…)
4)..Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister for Economic Development: What reports has he received on progress in the manufacturing sector?
..(hilarious..!..shane jones..notorious for his laziness in attention to his job/duties..accuses joyce of being ‘lazy’..(!)
..now..i could give you a string of colourful words on/about joyce..but ‘lazy’ wouldn’t/couldn’t be one of them..
..and jones sets a new benchmark in pot/kettle-calling..)
5)..JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement that “I do not think that anyone denies that there are children living in this country at a standard that we do not find acceptable”; if so, what specific targets, if any, will she set in light of the Child Poverty Monitor released on Monday?
..ardern continues labour tactic of only talking about the working-poor..never beneficiaries..
..and the speaker gives another of his eye-wateringly/jaw-dropping-in-unfainess/biased rulings..in favour of the govt..
(ed:..i wonder if any of those national/maori party mp’s feel at all queasy about one in four new zealand children living in poverty..
..with 10% living in ‘severe-poverty’..
..or are they all just black-hearted/uncaring/class-warrior bastards..?..)
6)..Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Associate Minister of Maori Affairs: Does he stand by all of his statements?
..peters and finlayson play interminable word games with each other..(..’boring..!’..)
7)..PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Associate Minister of Health: What recent announcements has he received regarding newly listed medicines?
brownlees mini-me foster-bell gets a grovelling-to-speaker/apple-polishing award..
..(and unknown backbenchers sighting..!..two of them..!..they sit behind foster-bell..in the deepest reaches of the national party backbench..who are those men..?..)
8)..JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Trade: Will he release the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement before it is approved by the Cabinet; if not, why not?
..genter and goff ask questions..joyce jeers and sneers in reply..as he does..as he does..
9)..TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Deputy Prime Minister: Does he agree with the Children’s Commissioner that “Setting targets, like we do with the road toll and with NCEA, if we had that kind of commitment, that legislation and plan, then we’d see a year-on-year fall”; if so, is he prepared to instruct the Ministerial Committee on Poverty to introduce the four child poverty measures released in the Child Poverty Monitor?
..english tries to justify not measuring child-poverty..(no talk about what to do about child poverty..english praising the ‘marvellous accomplihment’ of his govt in this area..(thus earning himself an immediate black-hearted-cynic award..he is a christian too..didn’tyaknow..?..)
10)..Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What recent reports has he received on the affordability of health care for New Zealanders?
..40,000 child admissions to nz hospitals each year..with/from diseases of poverty..
..king blusters..ryall slips and slides around the room..
11)..CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister for the Environment: What recent reports has she received on the progress of the TV Takeback scheme?
12)..PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he believe he is doing a good job of tackling housing demand for those most in need?
twyford vs smith is about as exciting as parker vs. english..
..brownlee gets thrown out of the house..for defying the speaker..(did he need a sugar-hit at the end of a particularly long questiontime..?..)
summary:..a long q-time..(the mandela-speeches stretching things out..question one is worth a look at ..
..and english was hubris-personified..
..a 3/10 questiontime..
New Zealand Parliament – List of questions for oral answer.