In the House

Today John Boscawen asked a fairly straight-forward question of the Prime Minister and all he got in reply was mumbled rubbish.

John Boscawen: Does he stand by the ?concrete goal of closing the income gap with Australia by 2025? stated in the National-ACT confidence and supply agreement that he signed; if so, what is his Government?s plan for closing that $64,000 income gap by 2025?
Hon JOHN KEY: Yes. In the last 12 months, from an economic perspective, members have seen a number of moves by this Government. I strongly suggest that in 2010 members will see a lot more.

That is crap John and I think you know it.

Where is the plan? Is there a plan?

Meanwhile Judith Collins takes the cane to Creepy Cosgrove yet again and even gets him to admit he is making a meal of things. I don’t know why Labour keeps on giving him questions to ask, maybe it is Trevor’s way of getting some sort of vicarious spark back into his life.

Hon JUDITH COLLINS: I stand by comments that I have made that were based on assurances given to me by the Commissioner of Police. I agree with the Commissioner of Police. That member is always trying to make such a lot out of this issue, yet the New Zealand Police now has an attrition rate of less than 2 percent?the lowest since World War II.

Hon Clayton Cosgrove: I am not the only one trying to make a meal out of this. How does she reconcile those comments with the statement from the President of the Police Association, Greg O?Connor, who also has a view on her conduct, that on top of the extra duties and stresses created for the police in the run-up to Christmas, the most pressing issue for the police in 2009 is ?how the hell to transport more people around for these duties with 10 percent fewer vehicles at your disposal.??

Hon JUDITH COLLINS: I have not read that quote from Mr O?Connor. No doubt, Mr O?Connor and I will discuss it at this evening?s Christmas party at the Police Association.

Hon Clayton Cosgrove: While she is having drinks at the Christmas party tonight, can she tell us how she reconciles the assurance she gave to the New Zealand public that no front-line police vehicles would be withdrawn with the fact that, as an example, a purpose-built specialist drug-dog vehicle has been withdrawn in Dunedin?

Hon JUDITH COLLINS: Actually, we have new police cars going into operation right now, but I know that the member will not admit it. He should just wait till later this week, when he will see some new cars going in and some new vehicles that he is not aware of. I think they will be much more purpose-built for the police.

Hon Clayton Cosgrove: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. My question was about a specific example in Dunedin. It was responded to with a general statement?the Minister laughs, prior to her drinks this evening?about police vehicle policy. The question was about a specific example in respect of Dunedin.

Mr SPEAKER: The member, if he recollects his question, asked the Minister how she reconciled a couple of matters, and the Minister reconciled them by pointing out that, in fact, new vehicles were being introduced this week. That seemed to be a perfectly fair answer to the question that the member asked.