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Questions Labour would like to ask

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/08/2016
Labour leader Andrew Little speaks while deputy leader Annette King looks on © Getty Labour leader Andrew Little speaks while deputy leader Annette King looks on

Parliament is in recess but that hasn't stopped Labour thinking up questions its MPs would put to ministers if they had the chance.

Thursday's list includes:

* What new evidence did Health Minister Jonathan Coleman receive that made him "do a complete u-turn" on the national rollout of safe sleeping bassinets for babies?

* When Prime Minister John Key said New Zealand was "on the cusp of something special" did he mean Auckland house prices would rise at four times the rate of wage increases?

* Does Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett regret directing National MPs to oppose an inquiry into homelessness given hundreds of submissions have been made to the opposition's inquiry? (Ms Bennett has previously denied issuing any instruction to MPs on the select committee that decided not to hold an inquiry).

* Is Gerry Brownlee, the minister responsible for the EQC, confident it has the resources to handle re-inspections and remedial repairs given it previously resorted to hiring students to complete underfloor inspections?

* Why has Police Minister Judith Collins only funded half the number of police required to keep up with population growth?

Those are the serious questions.

Speaker David Carter would probably rule out this one from Wellington MP Grant Robertson to the prime minister:

"Can he confirm Beauden Barrett is, in fact, the best first five in world rugby and will replace (trade minister) Todd McClay in cabinet if the Hurricanes win on Saturday? Go the Hurricanes!"

Parliament resumes on Tuesday.

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