Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


PQ 1. Ministers—Confidence

1. Ministers—Confidence
[Sitting date: 29 July 2014. Volume:700;Page:1. Text is subject to correction.]
1. METIRIA TUREI (Co-Leader - Green) to the Prime Minister : Does he have confidence in all his Ministers?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): Yes .
Metiria Turei : Does the Prime Minister agree with his Minister of Conservation that Fish and Game should be quiet and let our rivers become more polluted?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY : I think that the member is misrepresenting the Minister of Conservation.
Metiria Turei : Well, does the Prime Minister then back the Minister of Conservation’s threats to sue David Haynes, the president of the Federation of Freshwater Anglers, and to stifle Fish and Game from advocating for cleaner rivers; if so, why?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY : Firstly, I am not sure that the Minister ever actually said that, and, secondly, the Minister has made it quite clear that he is not pursuing a course of legal action.
Metiria Turei : How can the Prime Minister have confidence in his Minister for Economic Development when he is planning to cut real funding to science and innovation by 21 percent over the next 10 years, or does he think that smart Green innovation is not the future for New Zealand?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY : The member is quite wrong. She was wrong when she tried to say those things last week, and she is wrong this week.
Metiria Turei : Does the Prime Minister retain confidence in the Minister for Social Development when she twice claimed not to have read the most important epidemiological research on the health impacts of poverty from Otago University, showing that in New Zealand one baby a week dies from conditions associated with low income?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY : I have tremendous faith and confidence in the Minister for Social Development. I think when people look back on the history of this Government in many years to come, they will remark on what an incredible job she has done in terms of welfare reform, in terms of getting people into work, in terms of her caring about vulnerable children, and in terms of the work that she has done to shepherd that important issue through this Parliament. If that member could achieve about 10 percent of what the Minister for Social Development has, she would be doing well, but I do not hold out—
Mr SPEAKER : Order!
Metiria Turei : Does the Prime Minister back statements from his Minister for Social Development that she absolutely stood by her decision to deny newborn babies born into severe poverty at serious risk the same baby payment that is given to other babies, or does he think that all children in New Zealand have the right to thrive?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY : Yes, in the context she made them, which was around the in-work tax credit, which, I might point out, was actually a part of Working for Families. It was established and implemented by the previous Labour Government.
Metiria Turei : How can the Prime Minister have confidence in his Ministers when they are threatening Crown entities that stand up for the environment, meddling with scientific research, and deliberating denying support to the poorest newborn babies in New Zealand? Is that level of arrogance his idea of working for New Zealand?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY : Well, I would reject the characterisation that the member has made , but what I would say is that not only are we a group of people, on this side of the House, who are focused on the important issues—the economy, law and order, health, education, and the environment—but we are actually a group of people who agree on the direction in which we are going. Every time we see the Greens talking about what they might do with Labour, with Kim Dotcom, and with other political parties, we find complete and utter disagreement. No wonder it is a shambles—
Mr SPEAKER : Order!
Hon David Cunliffe : Does he have confidence in the Minister of Immigration given that thousands of records from the immigration contact centre have gone missing as a result of an IT “upgrade”?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY : Yes, I do have confidence in the Minister of Immigration

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English, Abroad

If David Cameron was the closest thing John Key had to a political mentor, their successors also share a whole lot in common. Theresa May and Bill English were both propelled into the top jobs as the result of unexpected resignations, and without much in the way of credible competition from their colleagues... More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Labour Bill To Override Safety Act For Mine Entry

“Bill English has been hiding behind the legal excuse that any attempt to re-enter the mine to recover the bodies might place the mine’s owner, Solid Energy Limited, and its directors in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future? More>>

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Hospitals: Resident Doctors Set To Strike Again

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Super Fund: More Burning Ethical Questions For Steven Joyce

Greens: Radio New Zealand reported this morning that the New Zealand Superfund has $77 million invested in 47 coal companies that the Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund – the largest sovereign fund in the world – has blacklisted. More>>

Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Why Tax Cuts In 2017 Would Be A (Proven) Bad Idea

Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the idea that if you cut income taxes and taxes on small business, a wave of individual enterprise and entrepreneurial energy will thus be unleashed, profits will rise and – hey bingo! – the tax cuts will soon be paying for themselves ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news