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Questions for Oral Answer - Thursday, 4 March

Questions for Oral Answer
As At Thursday, 4 March 2004

Questions to Ministers

1. MARK PECK to the Minister of Finance: What is the estimated increase in cost in New Zealand Superannuation over the next 40 years and what measures has the Government taken to prepare for the increase?

2. HEATHER ROY to the Minister of Health: Does she believe that race-based statistics provide a basis for race-based health funding; if so, why?

3. NANAIA MAHUTA to the Convenor, Ministerial Group on Climate Change: Is the Government making any progress with climate change policies designed to encourage businesses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

4. SUE BRADFORD to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does he stand by his answer to question 5 yesterday, in relation to limited employment locations, that "I also reassure the House that every locality on this list is there as a result of consultation. It has taken place over the last 3 months with people in local areas, and that is why they support this policy."; if so, why?

5. DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Customs: Does his department assist with enforcement of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species?

6. Dr WAYNE to the Associate Minister of Justice: Can she explain why she believes "Maori already have customary title over the whole coastline." given that the Court of Appeal expressed "real reservations about the ability for the appellants" in the Ngati Apa case to establish Maori customary title?

7. MURRAY SMITH to the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment (CYF): Does she stand by her statement in last year's report on the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services' funding of community activities that "We remain committed to the provision of quality services to meet community needs and to work collaboratively with communities to achieve positive outcomes for children, young people and their families."; if so, why?

8. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in her Minister of Finance; if so, why?

9. Hon ROGER SOWRY to the Minister of Labour: How does the introduction of a good faith fine of up to $10,000 on employers, as proposed in the Employment Relations Law Reform Bill, help achieve his stated purpose of the bill "to build productive employment relationships in the workplace"?

10. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Health: Does she support the introduction of mandatory minimum nurse to patient ratios as proposed by the New Zealand Nurses Organisation in their report "Nursing the system back to health"; if not, why not?

11. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Associate Minister of Maori Affairs (Social Development): What specific work is she currently involved with in relation to public education on the Treaty and Treaty clauses in legislation, and what briefings or meetings has she had in relation to this work with the Coordinating Minister, Race Relations?

12. DARREN HUGHES to the Minister for Rural Affairs: What further help is the Government providing to the communities affected by floods?


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