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Questions For Oral Answer May 28


1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he still stand by his statement, “there’s no fundamental underlying reasons to believe there’s a problem in our housing market”; if so, has his Government done enough to assist people into their own home?

2. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Finance: Over the past six Budgets, has the Government made the tax system fairer for households and businesses; if so, how?

3. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Is he aware of any ongoing fiscal risks to the Crown resulting from the operation of the emissions trading scheme?

4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree that Scenario 2 in the Budget 2014 Economic and Fiscal Update, which is based on net migration being over 40,000 people, forecasts higher interest rates, increased housing demand, higher inflation, more household dis-savings, and that “… additional consumption is funded through increasing levels of household debt and this constrains consumption growth further as debt servicing costs increase”?

5. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What recent announcements has he made about the future direction of investment in science and innovation in New Zealand?

6. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: What action will she take to tackle the problem of children coming and going at decile one schools at a rate equivalent to half those schools’ rolls, as the Child Poverty Action group found in their latest report?

7. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Is he satisfied that the Government’s policies have contributed to fair employment outcomes?

8. COLIN KING to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements have been made on the Government’s investment in early childhood education?

9. ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Labour: What new measures, if any, is he considering that will lift pay rates so that all wage and salary earners share in a growing economy?

10. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?

11. CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Associate Minister of Health: What recent announcements has she made to support increased immunisation?

12. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: What specific initiatives, if any, can he point to in Vote Labour in Budget 2014 that will help raise the wages of low income and insecure New Zealand workers?


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