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Questions for Oral Answer - Wednesday 21 June 2006

Questions for Oral Answer As At Wednesday, 21 June 2006

Questions to Ministers

1. JOHN KEY to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Minister of Revenue's assessment that "Our major trading partner, Australia, is already looking at significant tax cuts to both business and private incomes in next year's Budget and we simply cannot afford to ignore what Canberra is planning."; if not, why not?

2. DIANNE YATES to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Will New Zealand be reviewing its aid policy to the Pacific following events at the recent International Whaling Commission meeting; if not, why not?

3. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Energy: Is he satisfied that the system established with the electricity governance changes in 2003 and 2004 involving the Commerce Commission, Electricity Commission and Transpower is the right structure to ensure the transmission grid is maintained and upgraded?

4. BARBARA STEWART to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What advice, if any, has he received on how New Zealand-based superannuitants can supplement their incomes to improve their standard of living?

5. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Police: Is she confident that the Government will reach its target of 1,000 extra sworn police before the next election?

6. NANDOR TANCZOS to the Minister of Justice: Does he agree with comments made by the previous Minister of Justice, Hon Phil Goff, when releasing the Review of the Police Complaints Authority, that "There is a strong public view that police investigation of complaints against themselves is neither independent or appropriate" and that "It is critical that there is full public confidence that such investigations are independent."?

7. JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Veterans' Affairs: Has he received the joint working group's report on Agent Orange; if he has, when did he receive it?

8. SHANE JONES to the Minister of Finance: What are his priorities as Minister of Finance?

9. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister for ACC: Does she consider that ACC is fair and transparent with regard to ACC levies; if so, why?

10. MARK BLUMSKY to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Does he have confidence in the application of the eligibility criteria for the Significant Community Based Projects fund; if so, why?

11. MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Health: What progress has been made in ensuring long-term affordable access to prescription drugs and doctors' visits for all New Zealanders?

12. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Prime Minister: Has she received the report of Dr Noel Ingram QC into allegations of conflict of interest involving Taito Phillip Field; if not, when does she expect to receive it?


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