Trevor Mallard is known for frequent intervention with points of order in Parliament at Question Time. Mind you, I have sometimes felt when watching that he has derailed one of his colleagues who is in the process of asking a carefully constructed forensic set of questions but that is by the by. His latest intervention however notified to the Herald to refuse caucus discipline is out of order.
The whip’s request to caucus members to refrain from expressing their personal views at this early stage of the process is entirely reasonable. No doubt at some time they will all be let off the leash, but right now unity and solidarity is far more important. It is also possible that whoever it is that Trevor wishes to support may prefer if he kept his opinions to himself at the moment – they may not be helpful. Right now, I think Trevor should consult the caucus rules and maintain the requested order.