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Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 25 February

Tuesday, 25 February 2003

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Is it correct that she tried to stop Hon John Tamihere from circulating a speech which said that the “Welfare as presently practiced in this country literally kills [Maori] with kindness.” after the Knowledge Wave Conference; if so, why?

2. DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Revenue: Has he received any recent reports on the comparison between New Zealand and Australian business taxation rates?

3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Police: When will the Police complete their inquiries into the serious allegations of threats made against crew members in the Alinghi team at the America’s Cup challenge?

4. TIM BARNETT to the Minister of Justice: Has he received any reports on feedback from victims on the operation of the new Parole Act 2002?

5. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Associate Minister of Justice: Does the Government accept that there is an Article Four to the Treaty of Waitangi; if so, how will it be recognised in the Government’s partnership with Maoridom?

6. HELEN DUNCAN to the Minister of Education: What steps have been put in place to enhance students’ learning?

7. DEBORAH CODDINGTON to the Minister of Finance: What has been the change in tax bill for the average production worker with a dependent spouse and two children, between 2000 and 2002, as a percentage of gross earnings, and how does this compare with other OECD countries?

8. STEVE CHADWICK to the Associate Minister of Health: What steps has she taken to improve co-ordination of health services for older people?

9. KATHERINE RICH to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: Does he agree with the Minister of Youth Affairs that the welfare system “hands out enough to get you through until your next hand out. There are no mutual responsibilities. Recipients are denied a sense of worth and equality.”; if not, how will he convince the Minister of Youth Affairs that his welfare policies contain mutual responsibilities?

10. GORDON COPELAND to the Minister of Finance: Is he concerned that the findings of the recent survey by Research Solutions show no more New Zealanders are saving for retirement now, than was the case five years ago?

11. STEPHEN FRANKS to the Minister in charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: Will she categorically undertake that the putative “Article 4” of the Treaty of Waitangi will not be allowed to influence future Treaty settlements; if not, why not?

12. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Defence: Has the frigate Te Kaha, which is tasked with “escorting US and coalition vessels through the Straits of Hormuz”, escorted any United States vessels carrying war materials for use in any attack on Iraq?


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