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Questions For Oral Answer Tuesday, 30 April 2002

Questions to Ministers

1. KATHERINE RICH to the Minister of Maori Affairs: In light of the dismissal of the chief executive of the Maori Television Service and widespread media reports of impropriety, does he accept that there were serious flaws in the Board's appointment process or does he continue to believe, as reported, that the media is just "Maori-bashing"?

2. SUE BRADFORD to the Minister of Health: What deficiencies in the mental health system led to a seriously ill patient left in the care of the Waitemata Health crisis team not being visited for five days, culminating in his suicide?

3. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: Does the Government retain full confidence in Mr Derek Fox as chair of the Maori Television Service in light of the events surrounding the appointment and subsequent dismissal of Mr John Davy as chief executive of that service?

4. DAVID BENSON-POPE to the Convenor, Ministerial Group on Climate Change: What progress has the Government made in developing domestic policy responses to the Kyoto Protocol?

5. Hon KEN SHIRLEY to the Convenor, Ministerial Group on Climate Change: Is the Government determined to ratify the Kyoto Protocol by September this year even if the United States, Japan, Australia and Canada do not?

6. MARK PECK to the Minister of Finance: Has he evaluated any proposals to change the way in which the economy is managed?

7. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: In light of media reports stating that the Deputy Prime Minister's faction of the Alliance party will this week seek registration of a new political party for the purposes of contesting the next election, what action does she propose to take to ensure coalition stability in light of her statement in 1999 that "To MPs, the message is simple. You will stay with the party whose voters put you in Parliament or you will get out."?

8. LIZ GORDON to the Associate Minister of Labour: How is the introduction of paid parental leave contributing to the Government's commitment to e-government?

9. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she agree with the opinion of the Securities Commission that her public comments on Air New Zealand between 23-25 September 2001 were inappropriate, given the status of the people involved; if so, will she apologise for them?

10. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister in charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: Following my previous attempts to have the Government identify the principles it is committed to implementing in pursuit of its intentions to honour the Treaty of Waitangi, can she now state precisely how many sets of principles there are and describe precisely what they mean?

11. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Prime Minister: Does the recent behaviour of her Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Jim Anderton, meet the criteria she set when she called for "a professional standard of performance" from her Government?

12. ANN HARTLEY to the Minister of Immigration: What progress has the Government made on linking work permit policy to residence?

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