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Source: New Zealand Parliament – Oral Questions and Answers

BARBARA EDMONDS to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on household incomes?

Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government’s statements and actions related to the COVID-19 response?

GINNY ANDERSEN to the Minister of Research, Science and Innovation: What uptake from businesses has she seen from the R&D Loan Scheme since it was announced as part of the Government’s response to COVID-19 last year?

Hon EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for Oceans and Fisheries: Does he believe that allowing bottom trawling on seamounts, deep sea corals, and other vulnerable marine ecosystems is consistent with the 2006 United Nations Resolution 61/105, which calls on States “to take action immediately … to protect vulnerable marine ecosystems … from destructive fishing practices, recognizing the immense importance and value of deep sea ecosystems and the biodiversity they contain”; if so, why?

PAUL EAGLE to the Minister for COVID-19 Response: What changes have been made as a result of what has been learned from recent cases associated with the Pullman Hotel managed isolation facility?

CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister for COVID-19 Response: Does he stand by his statement, “And you see that in the fact that our system is always changing. We are always doing new things”; if so, when, if ever, will the Government introduce mandatory daily saliva testing for border workers?

KIERAN McANULTY to the Minister for Small Business: How many businesses have registered for the Digital Boost skills training and support initiative?

CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister for COVID-19 Response: What were the “multiple factors” that contributed to the cases around the Pullman Hotel managed isolation facility, and when, if ever, will the reports be made public?

IBRAHIM OMER to the Minister for Broadcasting and Media: What recent announcements has the Government made about supporting sustainable public interest journalism?

Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Local Government: Does she stand by her statement that “electoral law matters require thorough consultation”; if so, how is the public consultation process on her Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill “thorough”?

DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement regarding the NZ COVID Tracer App that “We all want to avoid more restrictions. To stay at level 1 relies on all of us continuing to be vigilant and playing our part.  Keep using the app”?

GINNY ANDERSEN to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What initiatives has the Government funded to help keep New Zealanders safe online?

Answers to these questions are delivered from 2pm (New Zealand time) on the day of tabling. The answers can be accessed in text form, once Hansard is finalised, by clicking here.

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