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Questions for Oral Answer - Wednesday, 27 August

Questions for Oral Answer
As At Wednesday, 27 August 2003
Questions to Ministers

1. Hon ROGER SOWRY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by the statement in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet foreshore and seabed pamphlet that says that the Maori Land Court would be able to consider fully the range of claims and could this give rise to compensation where the Government is unable to give full effect to claims without awarding title?

2. DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Finance: What mechanisms exist for political parties to express support for the present provisions for superannuation?

3. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Prime Minister: Did she phone her brother-in-law, Allan Hardacre, a scientist at Crop and Food Research, on or about 12 November 2000 to discuss the problem of GM contaminated corn; and did she request that the then Minister for Biosecurity, Hon Marian Hobbs, also phone him for advice at that time?

4. Dr ASHRAF CHOUDHARY to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): What progress has the Government made in expanding programmes that support learning in the workplace?

5. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the ability of all her Ministers to be responsive to the needs of all New Zealanders?

6. Dr MURIEL NEWMAN to the Convenor, Ministerial Group on Climate Change: Is the Government reconsidering its decision to impose an $8.4 million greenhouse gas levy on dairy, sheep, beef and deer farmers in light of widespread protests across the country; if not, why not?

7. MURRAY SMITH to the Associate Minister of Justice: Does she agree that it is usually in the best interests and welfare of a child to have regular ongoing contact with both of its parents; if so, would she support an amendment to the Care of Children Bill to that effect?

8. Hon MURRAY McCULLY to the Minister of Maori Affairs: What Government decisions and other major steps remain to be taken for the Maori Television Service to commence transmission and what is the projected on-air date?

9. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister for Food Safety: Can she tell New Zealand parents the names of the four unidentified infant formula that tested positive for genetically modified soy in the recent New Zealand Food Safety Authority report on Food produced using Gene Technology; if not, why not?

10. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: Has she received any reports from the Minister of Revenue as to the effects of immigration on tax revenue?

11. LUAMANUVAO WINNIE LABAN to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: What were the major issues under discussion at the Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Auckland last week, and what outcomes are expected from those discussions?

12. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Local Government: Does he still believe "a strong and effective partnership between local and central government is critical" and how does the Hon Dr Michael Cullen's labelling of Marlborough Mayor Tom Harrison as "racist" help his primary objective as Minister of Local Government to "strengthen that partnership through dialogue"?

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