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Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 7 Nov. 2006

Questions For Oral Answer
Tuesday, 7 November 2006
Questions To Ministers

1. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: What did she mean when she stated, in relation to a stadium in Auckland for the Rugby World Cup, “it’s a no-brainer if you can find a brown field site which could be developed on within the very strict time parameters that there are, you’d do it.”?

2. MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Economic Development: What steps is the Government taking to enhance New Zealand’s business capability?

3. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Prime Minister: How does she reconcile her speech to the Labour Party Conference stating the aims for New Zealand “to be the first country which is truly sustainable” and “to be carbon neutral” with the record of her Government since 1999?

4. STEVE CHADWICK to the Minister of Local Government: What are the key objectives of the local government rating inquiry?

5. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: Is it correct that the applications for work visas by Mr Sunan Siriwan and his partner Ms Aumporn Phanngarm have been declined; if so, what were the reasons for declining their applications?

6. H V ROSS ROBERTSON to the Minister of Commerce: What progress has been made on the Quality Regulation Review?

7. JOHN KEY to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that the Business Tax Review is a critical part of the economic transformation agenda?

8. BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: Does he consider it acceptable that Gisborne Hospital is struggling to provide basic services to the area it serves due to financial problems; if not, what is he doing about it?

9. JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How many people are expected to move off a sickness or invalid’s benefit because of the welfare changes announced on 26 October 2006?

10. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Veterans' Affairs: Does he agree with the Returned and Services’ Association national president John Campbell that the way veterans have been treated is a blot on New Zealand’s record, and when will the veterans of the Vietnam War, who have been involved in a long campaign to gain compensation for the effects of herbicides such as Agent Orange, be given justice?

11. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by the Ministry of Health’s statement that “We are no longer having to send patients to Australia for radiotherapy; that was always a short-term solution until we had adequate staff trained and infrastructure in place.”; if so, why?

12. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister of Finance: What fiscal, economic, and other initiatives is he considering to implement the Prime Minister’s vision that “New Zealand aim to be the first country which is truly sustainable” and “carbon neutral”?


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