18 Aug 2016

Today In Parliament Thursday 18 August 2016 - evening edition

From In Parliament, 6:50 pm on 18 August 2016

The Government announces an inquiry into the contamination of drinking water in Havelock North, but only after Labour's deputy leader and health spokeswoman, Annette King, raises the issue again in the House. Speaker upholds complaints from New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, and Labour's chief whip, Chris Hipkins, about the Prime Minister's delay in correcting a mistake in an answer to a correction. Instead of making the correction by way of a personal statement, Mister Key waited to include it as a clarification when answering another question the following day. But the Speaker rules that Social Development Minister, Anne Tolley, was in order to refuse to admit the imminent creation of a ministry for vulnerable children the day before the official announcement of its formation.