Question Time could be interesting today

Question Time could be fascinating today.

It will be interesting to see how John Key handles it, presuming he will turn up.

How the contenders for leadership handle it, if given a chance to speak.

How the Opposition leaders handle it.

Today’s questions:

Questions to Ministers

  1. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received confirming New Zealand’s sovereign credit rating?
  2. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Ka tū ia i runga i te mana o tana kōrero “I honestly wish I could have changed the flag”, i te wā i pātaitia ai, he aha tana tino pōuri nui?

    Translation: Does he stand by his statement that “I honestly wish I could have changed the flag”, when asked for his greatest regret?

  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “the prices you pay for a house are ridiculous”, given New Zealand house prices have risen by over 50 percent since he made that statement?
  4. SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How is the Government ensuring New Zealanders gain the skills needed in a growing economy?
  5. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he expect an estimated 533,000 New Zealanders who did not visit a GP due to cost in the last year to continue to wait for primary care reform which might “form part of a future Budget”, possibly under a different health Minister as stated by him?
  6. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Transport: What progress has the Government made on repairing damage to transport infrastructure following the Kaikōura earthquake?
  7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: Does she stand by her statement, “look I can’t guarantee that”, when asked if anyone living in a car can go to a Government agency today and get a roof over their head tonight?
  8. RON MARK to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements?
  9. DAVID CLENDON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement to this House that “having surpluses does not mean that the Government can go spending more money on ineffective public services or infrastructure that may not be needed”?
  10. CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Education: How is the Government helping students use the internet for learning?
  11. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she think there is any correlation between the closure of over 20 Community Policing Centres and the 13,000 increase in victimisations in the last 12 months; if not, why not?
  12. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Women: How is the Government encouraging more young girls and women to pursue career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and maths?


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  1. Klik Bate

     /  6th December 2016

    You would have to wonder if Kim Dotcom might be trying to tell us something as well ❓

    • Gezza

       /  6th December 2016

      Any reporter worth their salt would be on the line to Julian within minutes of seeing this. Or Bradbury. Or both.

      • Klik Bate

         /  6th December 2016

        Hmmm…looks like you’re right there Gezza ❗

        Bradbury DOES know something by the sound of it……

        • Gezza

           /  6th December 2016

          Yes, as I said when PDB mentioned this yesterday, we should pay attention to developments given Martyn’s solid history of being on the button with his political predictions. Sadly it’s mostly been the “off” button, but one never knows … if he and dotty are in close communication, there could be a tremendous moment of truth coming. Big league.

        • Martyn/Martin and his post truth fake news. Why is he so obsessed with Key? It’s so NOTW and unbecoming. Imagine having so little in your tank, to be so utterly bereft of ideas and political pragmatism you were as obsessed as he is.

    • Gezza

       /  6th December 2016

      Hmmm … the plot thickens Klik. This, from an “expert” body language analyst …

      “Prime Minister John Key seemed genuine when he spoke about wanting to spend more time with family in his resignation speech today, a body language expert says.

      Key announced he was standing down as Prime Minister at his weekly press conference this afternoon.

      He cited family reasons for leaving, saying the job had required great sacrifices “from those who are dearest to me”.

      His wife Bronagh had endured “many lonely nights” and his children Stephie and Max had been put under “extraordinary levels of intrusion”.

      Suzanne Masefield, of the Body Language Company, told the Herald Key appeared to be speaking honestly about wanting to spend more time with family.

      “There was a lot of emotion in his body language when he was speaking about his family and the impact being Prime Minister had had on them,” she said.

      “His voice wavered and his breathing was laboured. He was clearly trying to contain his emotions.”

      BUT THEN ❗️

      “But he didn’t appear to be 100 per cent convinced the National Party was in great shape, or that they would win the 2017 election.

      “When he talks about the party being in great shape and how capable Cabinet is, he looks up and around a lot.

      “People generally do that when they don’t completely believe what they’re saying and so look to see if others are believing them.”

      Overall, Key seemed anxious and as if he wanted to get through the speech quickly.

      “He seemed really, really uncomfortable. He was smacking his lips a lot and looking down a lot more than normal, suggesting he hadn’t learned the speech, and this is something that has happened quite quickly.

      “He was trying very hard to protect his emotions. He was shallow-breathing when he was speaking about his achievements, as though he wanted to rush through them.”

      Masefield believed Key was being honest when he said he wasn’t sure what he would do next.

      “When he says he doesn’t know what he’ll do, he looks down, suggesting he isn’t certain. I expect he has some idea but doesn’t have anything definite sorted.”

      The National Party caucus will hold a meeting on December 12 to decide the new party leader and Prime Minister.

      – NZ Herald”

      Watch this space … 😳 🕶

      • Klik Bate

         /  6th December 2016

        And Kim Dotcom now looks to be coming more and more ‘bolshy’ with his tweets…… even ticking off his own check-list ❗

  2. Gezza

     /  6th December 2016

    “RON MARK to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements”

    Tricky. Hard to prepare for that one.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  6th December 2016

      Or easy. Answer “no” and then head up a garden path the questioner is unprepared for.

      • Gezza

         /  6th December 2016

        Well, I’ve postponed my 2pm visit to dad so I can watch proceedings. Bill cracked a joke in question 1, it was worth a smile chez moi. Metiria is being a bit of a pain to Johnkers but his body language is a bit dubious …

  3. Bob

     /  6th December 2016

    Turei is getting her arse kicked all over the pace by JK, is tearing her up!

    • She is a hateful woman.
      The opposite end of the class spectrum.

      • Corky

         /  6th December 2016

        She also speaks pigeon Maori to grandstand, Lucky women on most marae ( barring east coast) can’t speak on the Pae Pae. I’m sure the irony of that and being a Greenie is lost on her.

        • Corky

           /  6th December 2016

          Silly woman thinks because Key is gone its a given the Greens will come to power. That’s the plan. And its a plan she and Andy will have to carryoff otherwise both will be attacked( literally?) for losing to National minus JK as leader…and people say National has a problem Lol.

  4. Gezza

     /  6th December 2016

    Bill said there is no housing crisis. Andrew is being difficult but ineffective.

    • Gezza

       /  6th December 2016

      Winston did a bit of time wasting plonkering. No worries there.

  5. Gezza

     /  6th December 2016

    Steven Joyce bullshitted on like a car salesman about education but I never pay any attention to him because that’s all he ever does.

  6. Gezza

     /  6th December 2016

    Phil Twyford was a real bitch to Paula.

    Ron’s up now. It’s about housing … I think he thinks he’s got Bill on the ropes. He has other statements, in fact he seems all over the place. Bill stayed cool.

  7. Gezza

     /  6th December 2016

    I have to go. If there any real good stoushes no doubt PG will probably post them.