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Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 17 August 20

Paraphrased answers to these questions will be posted in the Headlines wire shortly after 3pm.

Thursday, 17 August 2000

Questions to Ministers

1. Hon. Tony Ryall to the Prime Minister: Does she accept the conclusion of the Police report into the Waitara shooting that "there is absolutely no evidence race was an issue in this tragic event"; if so, will she immediately apologise for her earlier statement that relationships between the police and Maori in Taranaki "undoubtedly had a bearing on this tragedy"?

2. Hon. Ken Shirley to the Prime Minister: On what evidence did she base her reported statement that police attitudes to Maori in Taranaki were poor and "undoubtedly had a bearing" on the shooting of Waitara man Steven Wallace, and does she now accept the findings of the Police report?

3. Helen Duncan to the Minister of Education: How will the $60 million injection of funds into schools and the removal of bulk funding, announced today, impact on educational quality and innovation in New Zealand?

4. Hon. Roger Sowry to the Minister of Mâori Affairs: In light of yesterday's Police report on the Waitara shooting, does he stand by the Te Puni Kokiri report of 3 May headed "Relationships between Police and Maori in Taranaki" as an accurate report and sound advice; if not, in what key areas was it inaccurate?

5. Graham Kelly to the Minister of Labour: What progress has been made towards development of a code of good faith as envisaged in the Employment Relations Bill?

6. Hon. Bill English to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with comments made by the Governor of the Reserve Bank yesterday that lower business confidence has led to a deferment of new investment and employment?

7. David Cunliffe to the Minister of Commerce: What recent proposal has the Government made to support small and medium sized business?

8. Willie Jackson to the Minister of Conservation: What reports has she received on the Department of Conservation's visitor asset management policy?

9. Hon. Dr Nick Smith to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement that "The Labour Government will set new standards - both in terms of behaviour and performance"?

10. Peter Brown to the Minister of Transport: In the light of recent comments he has made suggesting that more money needs to go into roading, will he tell the House when and how he expects to achieve this?

11. Rt Hon. Wyatt Creech to the Minister of Health: Has she been informed of any recent problems with health services in rural New Zealand; if so, what is she going to do about them?

12. Sue Bradford to the Minister of Health: What steps is the Government currently taking to address housing issues for people with mental illness?

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