Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search


Questions Of The Day (7-12)

Questions For Oral Answer Thursday, 17 June 1999

The following are paraphrases of today's questions for oral answer. They are not complete or official, the official record of Parliamentary proceedings is Hansard, which is not finalised some days after the event.

Question 7.

Dr Wayne Mapp to the Minister for Accident Rehabilitation and Compensation Insurance:

Q: What evidence does he have to support the Government's claims that New Zealanders will benefit from the reforms being introduced on 1 July with the new Accident Insurance Act?

A: I have received reports of lots of lower premiums for accident premiums. These are just the tip of the ice-berg. The new environment can capture a lot more intangible benefits in relation to a better relationship with their workforce.

Question 8.

Marian Hobbs to the Minister responsible for Radio New Zealand Ltd Maree Hasler.:

Q: Does she agree with the views expressed by staff of Radio New Zealand in their vote of no confidence in the board of Radio New Zealand; if not, why not?

A: No, Radio New Zealand is wonderful. The board has advised the minister and the minister has advised this house that there are no plans to contract out news aside from those at present in place including Mana News, RNZ International and This Week In Parliament with Mr Tom Frewen.

Q: Corkery: For all the Ministers reassurances. If this debate reached the point of a board member resigning, would there be an ex-gratia payment?

A: As with SOE appointed directors serve at the pleasure of the Minister. Therefore there would be no payout.

Question 9.

Manu Alamein Kopu to the Minister of Corrections:

Q: He aha te utu i noho ke ai ki runga i te whanau o nga mauhere e tono ana kia tukua ratou ki tetahi tangihanga i raro i te aroha?


Q: Why is there a cost to whanau of inmates who apply for compassionate leave to attend tangihanga?

A: There are no costs except some external . There is a cost to the department of an escorted prisoners travel and the wages including overtime for the escort. The family are quoted for the cost of the escort. The prison service have to roster staff back to work when others are on escort duty and it is considered inappropriate that this cost be born by the taxpayer. The cost of ceremonies with compassionate significance is not considered appropriate for the government to carry.

Q: Considering this cost is beyond most Whanau. Would the Minister consider reconsidering this directive?

A: There is no correlation between suicide and the ability to attend compassionate outings. Where this happens the inmates are counselled and then observed. The rates in NZ for suicide in prison compare favourably in relation to international rates.

Question 10.

Phillida Bunkle to the Associate Minister of Health Tuariki Delamere:

Q: What service will amputees in Auckland and Northland have after 30 June 1999?

A: There are currently two providers in the Auckland region. The contract of one expires on 30 June 1999.

Q: Does the Minister now consider he has made a mistake? And what is he going to do to insure patients are not disadvantaged?

A: An audit found that RML was served by highly qualified and experienced people. Perhaps with the benefit of hindsight it would have been better to fund both services from the beginning. The Member is correct that the report from the Health and Disability Commissioner has not been released. I suggest she approach the Commissioner on that.

(Phillida Bunkle tabled letter )

Question 11.

Hon. Phil Goff to the Minister of Corrections Clem Simich:

Q: Why did he describe as "a great idea" the Minister of Maori Affairs' suggestion of a Maori-only prison, owned and staffed by Maori, in place of the proposed Northland regional prison?

A: Any idea which promotes informed debate on reducing offending is worth listening to. There was no question of ownership simply of involvement with.

Q: Is it still a great idea?

A: Rehabilitation is one of the prime purposes in any corrections institution. And if someone is promoting an idea it may well be a great idea. And it deserves consideration. There are many programmes that are successful. One new programme is being opened in Rimutaka prison soon. The idea is still worth discussing and I commend the member who raised it. In respect of management of prisons they are put out to tender - any party with the ability to tender can do so. Any marae based group associated with a group experienced in prison management will have an equal chance of winning the tender. I have had no consultations with Iwi. But the fact that the member raises the question demonstrates that the very good idea raised by the Minister of Maori Affairs has been successful in promoting debate.

(Objection to the tabling of an Checkpoint transcript of a Henare interview.)

- they hate public radio (mumbling from Opposition)

Question 12

. Gerry Brownlee to the Minister of Immigration Tuariki Delamere:

Q: Is he confident that the passing of immigration legislation this week will assist in the management of any unlawful arrival of what are commonly referred to as boat people?

A: Yes. A report tabled today shows it is a $13 billion industry. Conferences throughout the region are concerned about the growth of the industry in trafficking in humans.

Q: (Gerry Brownlee - National) Will the minister open the doors to the boat people as suggested by Labour and the Alliance?

Cullen Point of Order: That was most certainly not suggested.

Judy Keall made unparliamentary suggestion about Mr Brownlee and forced to withdraw.

Should illegal immigrants arrive they will be treated firmly but with compassion. However we will not allow criminal behaviour to run over our laws This Government will defend its borders. People who arrive in such places as Honiara declaring their intention to settle in New Zealand. We will certainly defend our borders against people such as those.

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news