Oh dear, what a complete stuff up by Gerry Brownlee in the House just now.
In Question Time, Steven Joyce’s academic record was raised in relation to the restrictions he know wants to put on students who fail papers at Minister of Tertairy Education.
At the end of question time, Mallard asked for leave to have a debate without notice congratulating Joyce on getting his degree conferred 21 years after leaving uni. To everyone’s surprise, Brownlee failed to object.
Mallard could hardly believe his luck. He’s just spent ten minutes eating up the government’s legislative time, making up a speech as he goes along. He went through Joyce’s ‘did not completes’ one by one , very funny.
Brownlee’s so mad, but he only has himself to blame.
Now, Darren Hughes is having his turn.
Update: The debate has been called to a close now. How embarrassing that was for Brownlee, especially as John Carter was the one trying to save the day. Brownlee must be feeling the pressure from the mining plan. What a bad look for National’s parliamentary management.
Update 2: Video of part one below. Other parts here.