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Oral Questions – 8 December 2021

Originally published: 8 December 2021

Questions to Ministers

CHRISTOPHER LUXON to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government’s statements and actions?

Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy?

Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the latest ANZ Quarterly Economic Outlook’s assessment that “Government spending remains highly expansionary … The fiscal situation is quite nuanced. Many businesses and households are in desperate need of targeted support, but from a macroeconomic perspective, high government spending in an economy facing severe capacity constraints risks just adding to inflation pressures.  That wouldn’t be a good return for taxpayers, and also implies the RBNZ will need to hike interest rates more than otherwise”?

MARJA LUBECK to the Minister of Education: What reports has he seen about numbers of people undertaking vocational education and training?

JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Is the Government still committed to welfare overhaul; if so, why does the Child Poverty Action Group report released today show not a single key recommendation from the Welfare Expert Advisory Group has been fully implemented nearly three years on?

Dr LIZ CRAIG to the Minister of Health: What medicines has New Zealand recently secured access to for treating COVID-19?

DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement in relation to wage growth rising faster than inflation, “Of course, it has, with wage growth being at around 3.5 percent and inflation around 2 percent”; if so, does she agree with Statistics New Zealand that inflation for the year to September 2021 was 4.9 percent and wage growth was only 2.4 percent?

TĀMATI COFFEY to the Minister for Building and Construction: What recent reports has she seen on the construction sector?

CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister for COVID-19 Response: Did the Government receive public health advice ahead of the Cabinet meeting on 29 November 2021 that the hard or enforced boundary around Auckland should be removed when Auckland and the rest of the country move to the COVID-19 Protection Framework, and did this same advice also recommend any regions enter the traffic light system at green?

VANUSHI WALTERS to the Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities: What actions has the Government taken to support our ethnic communities to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

SIMEON BROWN to the Minister for the Public Service: Does he stand by all of his statements and actions regarding pay and workforce expectations for the public sector?

INGRID LEARY to the Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence: What is she doing to support the UN’s Orange the World campaign?

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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