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Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008

Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Questions to Ministers

1. Hon TARIANA TURIA to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: How is the “genuine partnership” between the community and voluntary sector and the Government expressed, when the relationship is contractual and controlled by the Crown agencies?

2. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Is she the chair of the Cabinet Appointments and Honours Committee, which considered the nomination of Owen Glenn to be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit?

3. MARTIN GALLAGHER to the Minister of Justice: How will the new sustainable funding model for community groups help to support victims of crime?

4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Justice: Is it the Government’s policy that the value of substantially more favourable than commercial terms and conditions for credit is considered a donation to a political party?

5. DIANNE YATES to the Minister of Defence: What contribution has New Zealand made to the multi-national effort to clear cluster munitions in Lebanon?

6. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Which clinicians at the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board have told him that there are “continuing apparent tensions within the present board and its clinicians”?

7. SUE MORONEY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What is the Government doing to prevent and reduce the impact of family violence?

8. GORDON COPELAND to the Minister of Housing: Has she read the 2008 International Housing Affordability Survey by Demographia, an organisation she has previously referred to as “reputable”; if so, does she agree that it makes “the pathway to affordable housing abundantly clear: remove Metropolitan Urban Limits … and other artificial restraints on the availability of residential land”, if not, why not?

9. R DOUG WOOLERTON to the Minister of Agriculture: What recent reports, if any, has he received regarding Fonterra’s capital restructuring proposal?

10. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Energy: Does he stand by his statement in the House on Thursday 14 February 2008, in relation to Pole 1 of the HVDC link across Cook Strait, that “Until I received a phone call late last year, 24 hours before it was retired, we were told that it had many years of life left in it.”; if not, why not?

11. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister for Sport and Recreation: Has he received any reports as to whether the free speech rights of New Zealand athletes participating at the Olympic Games in Beijing are being violated by the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s demand that our athletes must agree in writing beforehand not to make statements or demonstrations regarding political, religious or racial matters; if not, why not?

12. ANNE TOLLEY to the Minister of Education: Does he stand by his statement in the House last week that “All students who are legally obliged to be in school are being targeted.”; if so, why?


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