Written By: - Date published: 3:06 pm, October 17th, 2013 - 35 comments
Categories: accountability, democracy under attack, greens, Metiria Turei, same old national - Tags: gambling, sky city, sleazy deals, Speaker
So Metiria Turei got thrown out of the Chamber for… what?
Calling the government’s Sky City deal “sleazy”? Or because she raised a point of Order about it?
It arose during the supplementaries for this Question in Question Time today
2. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Economic Development: Has Cabinet discussed delaying the passage of the New Zealand International Convention Centre Bill until the Hon John Banks prosecution is resolved; if not, why not?
Earlier the Speaker had indignantly told Grant Robertson off for questioning the Speaker’s impartiality.
The primary question is an important one. How can John Banks provide an impartial vote on the SkyCity Bill? It should be delayed!
[Update 1] NRT has a good post on it. [h/t Lynn]
If anyone was in any doubt, we’ve had proof today that David Carter is unfit to be Speaker. First, he ruled a question asked by Metiria Turei which began with a reference to a “sleazy deal” out of order. Then, when asked, he said that that was not unparliamentary language. Finally, when then asked to justify his given this apparent contradiction, he threw her out. The obvious conclusion: Carter’s decision was unjustifiable.