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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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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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Questions for Oral Answer – June 14

Press Release – ParliamentToday.co.nz 1. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement regarding her newly appointed welfare board that “I’m backing the board to guide the investment approach, I’m backing Work and Income to implement it”. QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS 1. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement regarding her newly appointed welfare board that “I’m backing the board to guide the investment approach, I’m backing Work and Income to implement it”. 2. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by his statement that he was “not at all concerned” about signing a deal with SkyCity for a convention centre, before the Auditor- General’s inquiry into the deal is complete? 3. MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government assisting households and competitive businesses through these tough world economic times? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by his statement that “the Auditor-General’s process will not impact on the Government’s negotiations with SkyCity”; if so, why? 5. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements has the Government made today on employment assistance? 6. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Does he stand by all his statements with regard to asset sales?...

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Questions and Answers – May 2

Press Release – Office of the Clerk 1. DAVID SHEARER (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does he believe that Hon John Banks has behaved in a manner that “upholds, and is seen to uphold the highest ethical standards” as required by the Cabinet Manual? Questions to Ministers Hon John Banks—Compliance with Cabinet Manual 1. DAVID SHEARER (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does he believe that Hon John Banks has behaved in a manner that “upholds, and is seen to uphold the highest ethical standards” as required by the Cabinet Manual? Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): Yes. David Shearer: Does he find it acceptable for a Minister to act unethically, as long as they comply with the law? Rt Hon JOHN KEY: For a start off, the member is making an assumption, or an assertion, should I say, and, secondly, I would point out to the member that the issue of ethical standards applies to Ministers when they are holding their warrants. David Shearer: Does he believe that John Banks acted ethically and gave an honest answer when he claimed that he “hardly knew” Kim Dotcom, in light of reports that he flew in Dotcom’s helicopter to his mansion for a 2½ hour meeting and dinner, attended Dotcom’s birthday party and proposed a toast in his honour, and attended a fireworks display...

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