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Questions for Oral Answer 31 May 2005

Questions for Oral Answer - As At Tuesday, 31 May 2005

Questions to Ministers

1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: Is he aware of an Amir Salman of Bucklands Beach, Omer Ali of Howick, and a man named Jazwan, and whether they have connections to the murderous regime of Saddam Hussein; if so, what are they doing here?

2. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister for the Environment: Did New Zealand support the imposition of strict liability on manufacturers of genetically modified organisms during the meeting of parties to the Cartagena Protocol?

3. JOHN KEY to the Minister of Finance: What will be the weekly increase in after-tax income from 1 April 2008 for an individual earning under $38,000 per annum as a result of the adjustments in tax thresholds announced by him in the Budget, and what effect does he expect this increase to have on the economy?

4. CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: What reports, if any, has he received on alternative fiscal proposals to those contained within the Budget?

5. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Finance: What is the total annual fiscal cost in 2009 of the tax changes announced in Budget 2005, and what is this as a percentage of total government spending?

6. SUE BRADFORD to the Minister of Justice: Will the Government introduce legislation to repeal section 59 of the Crimes Act 1961; if so, when?

7. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Are owners of leaky buildings getting access to a "speedy" and "cost-effective" resolution of their claims, as promised under the Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Act 2002?

8. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has he received on how many New Zealand families have benefited from the 1 April changes to the Working for Families Package?

9. DAIL JONES to the Minister for Trade Negotiations: Why did he reportedly say on 23 May with regard to getting access for New Zealand apples into Australia that he is waiting on the result of both Australia's Import Risk Assessment and a World Trade Organisation Compliance Panel investigating Japan?

10. JUDY TURNER to the Associate Minister of Health: Is he satisfied that proposed changes to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 will provide greater protection for our young people from harm associated with low-risk substances with psychoactive effects and other controlled drugs; if not, why not?

11. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Deputy Prime Minister: Does the Government intend to recognise "legal ownership interests" in parts of the East Cape foreshore and seabed claimed by East Coast iwi, as outlined in the terms of negotiation with those iwi?

12. MARTIN GALLAGHER to the Minister of Defence: What defence policies were announced in the recent Budget and has he received any other reports of other defence policy initiatives?

ENDS

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