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ISDS Bill Voted Down

Article – ParliamentToday.co.nz This bill sought to prohibit New Zealand from entering international agreements that include provision for investor-state dispute settlement.The Fighting Foreign Corporate Control Bill has been voted down. This bill sought to prohibit New Zealand from entering international agreements that include provision for investor-state dispute settlement. The bill’s sponsor Fletcher Tabuteau said he was deeply concerned at the non-trade elements of the potential Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal and other trade deals which allowed foreign corporations to sue governments. Mr Tabuteau said the TPP talks were being done in secret and it was wrong for the Government to sign up to any investor-state dispute settlement clauses without the public knowing what they meant. National’s Mark Mitchell said the bill would make it very difficult to enter into new trade deals and negate current trade deals which would be disastrous for the economy. He said the Government was aware of the need to treat dispute settlement clauses with care, but it was possible to protect New Zealand investments overseas and sovereignty issues at home and this had been done in other trade deals. Labour’s David Parker said the bill should go to select committee for consideration, but it was too broad in ruling out all dispute settlement clauses. There were some concerns about these becoming too broad, but they were not always bad. He said the Government should...

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Questions For Oral Answer May 20

Press Release – ParliamentToday.co.nz 1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in his Budget speech last year, we are in surplus? QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS 1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in his Budget speech last year, “we are in surplus”? 2. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? 3. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: How will the Government’s responsible fiscal management support better public services for New Zealanders in Budget 2015? 4. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What plans does the Government have in the Budget tomorrow to get the 146,000 officially unemployed New Zealanders, as measured by the Labour Market Statistics, into work? 5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does his Budget 2015 speech include the statement, “there will be a small surplus this year and increasing surpluses forecast over time”? 6. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Defence: What is the Government doing to engage the New Zealand public on the future of the Defence Force? 7. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “the surplus target is important”? 8. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement in December last year...

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Questions and Answers – February 20

Press Release – ParliamentToday.co.nz 1. TODD McCLAY (NationalRotorua) to the Minister of Finance : What reports has he received on the Governments financial position? QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS Government Financial Position—Reports 1. TODD McCLAY (National—Rotorua) to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the Government’s financial position? Hon STEVEN JOYCE (Associate Minister of Finance) on behalf of the Minister of Finance: I have received Treasury’s financial statements for the 6 months to the end of December. They show a $3.19 billion operating deficit before gains and losses for the first 6 months of the financial year. That deficit is $158 million lower than forecast by Treasury in its half-year update, primarily reflecting lower expenditure than was forecast. The Crown’s operating balance recorded a surplus of $1.7 billion, which is $2.3 billion higher than forecast. The result confirms that the Government is maintaining a track to surplus through careful fiscal management. Todd McClay: What were the main factors behind the Government’s latest financial results? Hon STEVEN JOYCE: The statements show core Crown expenses at 0.8 percent below forecast. Core Crown revenue is 0.1 percent below forecast. Lower expenditure reflects moderate underspends across most departments, which total around $87 million, with delay in two complex Treaty settlements until later in the year making up the difference. Core Crown tax revenue was $31 million less than forecast, or 0.1 percent,...

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Horan Expelled As Shearer And Key Lock Horns

Article – ParliamentToday.co.nz David Shearer & John Key go head to head over the achievements of the National Government.Winston Peters announced no confidence in Brendan Horan and expels him from NZ First. Greens continue their line of questioning about TPPA negotiations. David Shearer & John Key go head to head over the achievements of the National Government. Press Link To Download MP3…. PLAY HERE ** ParliamentToday.co.nz is a breaking news source for New Zealand parliamentary business featuring broadcast daily news reports. Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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Questions and Answers – June 19

Press Release – ParliamentToday.co.nz 1. TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government’s economic programme helping New Zealand manage through current global uncertainty? QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS 1. TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government’s economic programme helping New Zealand manage through current global uncertainty? 2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: Is he confident that the Government’s economic and fiscal strategy is on track; if so, why? 3. DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? 4. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: What is the value of contracts entered into to date for spending on advertising, communications and banking services relating to the Government’s asset sales programme? 5. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: How is the Voluntary Bonding Scheme improving health services? 6. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he agree with Molly Melhuish’s calculation that the amount charged by SOEs for electricity for an average consumer is $265 per annum less than is charged by non-SOE retailers, and if not, what was the weighted average of the annual total retail price charged by SOEs and their subsidiaries to a residential consumer using 8,000 kilowatt hours of electricity compared with the weighted average of the price charged by non-SOE suppliers, according to the...

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