The following is a transcript of the commentary:
2:33 PM Gareth Hughes: Homeless Kiwis need support not to be swept off the streets
2:34 PM Gareth Hughes: If we used Aussie definition of homelessness we would have tens of thousands of homeless here, yet Smith thinks it’s ‘esoteric’
2:34 PM Martyn Bradbury: the long line of beggars in NZ are testament to the lie of our egalitarian pretense
2:34 PM Gareth Hughes: Not the Minister of Housing, he is the Minister for Developers
2:36 PM Martyn Bradbury: see no homeless, hear no homeless, speak no homeless – that’ll solve it
2:37 PM Gareth Hughes: Just like their cunning plan to remove numbers on waiting list for state houses….by literally just changing categories and taking them off the list
2:38 PM Martyn Bradbury: they are doing it social welfare as well
2:39 PM Martyn Bradbury: National are creating ‘unpeople’ – citizens who don’t fall into the limited thresholds for help
2:39 PM Martyn Bradbury: Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Associate Minister of Health: What investment has this Government made to improve eating disorders services?
2:40 PM Gareth Hughes: Is this his first QT?
2:41 PM Martyn Bradbury: Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Minister for Building and Construction: When was the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment first made aware of the September IANZ report which warned the
2:41 PM Martyn Bradbury: Christchurch City Council that “Continued accreditation beyond May 2013 will depend on a satisfactory outcome of that assessment”, and when was he advised of the content of the report?
2:41 PM Martyn Bradbury: fascinating decision to just over rule Chch
2:42 PM Gareth Hughes: …part of a pattern.
2:43 PM Martyn Bradbury: Maybe the National Party 2014 election slogan should be ‘The NZ National Party – Resistance is futile’
2:45 PM Gareth Hughes: Nice Q from Dalziel
2:45 PM Martyn Bradbury: very good
2:47 PM Gareth Hughes: Chch East will be fascinating election.
2:47 PM Martyn Bradbury: Dalziel bringing up really good questions of how central Government have been far too hands off until the last minute
2:48 PM Martyn Bradbury: JAN LOGIE to the Minister of Women’s Affairs: What has she done to address the Human Rights Commission’s criticism of the prevailing “pale ambition for women’s progress in New Zealand”?
2:50 PM Martyn Bradbury: appointing a man to a board on womens advancement is – well – bizarre
2:51 PM Martyn Bradbury: why were only 15% of honours handed out to women if National are so focused on lifting women?
2:54 PM Martyn Bradbury: Jan Logie doing a very good job of slow roasting Government
2:55 PM Gareth Hughes: yeah a good series of Qs. With only 4 supplementary questions she’s done a good job painting a picture of a Govt that doesn’t care
2:55 PM Martyn Bradbury: She’s very good
2:56 PM Gareth Hughes: Well I find Next magazine hard to find
2:56 PM Martyn Bradbury: Hon PETER DUNNE to the Minister of Conservation: What are his legislative priorities for the balance of this year?
2:56 PM Gareth Hughes: Suprised the answer wasn’t mining it
2:57 PM Gareth Hughes: Dunne trying to look relevant after his fall from Grace with these questions
2:57 PM Martyn Bradbury: Heli-hunting? That’s what Peter Dunne has been reduced to?
2:57 PM Gareth Hughes: HUGE issue in Ohariu
2:58 PM Martyn Bradbury: KRIS FAAFOI to the Minister of Police: Does she agree with the issues raised by the 2013 Police Association survey referred to in the July edition of Police News; if not, why not?
2:59 PM Martyn Bradbury: Tolley can’t help but bash unions, even when they are Police Unions
2:59 PM Gareth Hughes: When will the Nats realise the last Labour Govt was actually a long time ago and they can’t keep blaming them
3:00 PM Martyn Bradbury: If you have to blame things half a decade ago to explain inaction today you havn’t done a very good job
3:01 PM Martyn Bradbury: Richard Prosser?
3:02 PM Martyn Bradbury: He’d have a good opinion on hidden pocket knives
3:04 PM Gareth Hughes: wonder why Faafoi points to a figure (that was worse under Labour) if they were together in the report he quotes if Tolley right
3:04 PM Gareth Hughes: Did he think she wouldn’t read it?
3:04 PM Martyn Bradbury: I’m glad you noted that too
3:04 PM Martyn Bradbury: He’s not doing a very good job is he?
3:05 PM Martyn Bradbury: Swing – miss. Swing – miss. Swing – miss. Thank you Kris Faafoi
3:05 PM Gareth Hughes: But I guess who reads Police News? Still probably more than Red Alert
3:06 PM Gareth Hughes: I guess it all goes to what is your objective for asking questions. Perhaps Faafoi just wants to show he’s asking questions on Police’s behalf
3:07 PM Martyn Bradbury: The Police are happier under National because National give the Police everything they want
3:09 PM Martyn Bradbury: and that’s the Parliamentary question time – thank you Gareth, have a great weekend
3:10 PM Gareth Hughes: Thank you. I’ve enjoyed the experience and it’s great to see the interest in Question Time from things like this and Twitter. Thanks for increasing political discussion in Aotearoa NZ…