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Questions For Oral Answer - 5 December 2002

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER

Thursday, 5 December 2002

Questions to Ministers


1. PETER BROWN to the Minister of Transport: Noting that he met with Tranz Rail executives over safety issues, can he confirm that the issue of "bendy tracks" was discussed, and what was the outcome?

2. LARRY BALDOCK to the Minister of Transport: Why did he meet with Tranz Rail yesterday, and what was the outcome of that meeting?

3. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: What is her response to the comments by Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres that "I am not going to stick around if I am no longer wanted.", and will she confirm her Government is backing Mr de Bres despite widespread public concern about his divisive comments?

4. SUE BRADFORD to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Is he concerned that his department recently allowed 14 new pokie machines in a bar in Hamilton, soon after the Liquor Licensing Authority had stopped this same bar from setting up a new gaming room containing 18 machines; if not, why not?

5. HELEN DUNCAN to the Minister of Education: What support is available to establish or improve community-based early childhood services?

6. Dr DON BRASH to the Minister of Labour: Is it Government policy to allow employers to pay lump sum payments to employees on condition that they do not join a union?

7. DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Youth Affairs: Are there any significant new initiatives by the Government to assist young offenders make the transition to work or training?

8. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of State Services: Has he sought any advice on employment lawyer Phillipa Muir's reported comments that the Government's lump sum payments to civil servants for joining or remaining in the PSA have invalidated the related collective contracts; if not, why not?

9. DAVID BENSON-POPE to the Minister of Conservation: What have been the initial outcomes from the establishment of five kiwi sanctuaries?

10. PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister of Police: Why has there been a delay in police reporting on their investigation into alleged criminal activities undertaken by the Te Hau Ora O Te Tai Tokerau Trust?

11. RON MARK to the Minister of Police: Are police experiencing any problems when investigating crimes committed by immigrants, asylum seekers or refugees?

12. SUE BRADFORD to the Minister of Health: When will the review of mental health services in Auckland, announced on 16 April 2002 and expected to lead to an action plan by 30 August 2002, be released?

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