web analytics

Rough and tumble

Written By: - Date published: 8:49 pm, June 25th, 2009 - 14 comments
Categories: Parliament - Tags:

I didn’t listen to the House today but Tom Frewen did, and he points out there was:

Squabbling over minister’s answers to opposition questions continues with surprise twist when the Speaker upholds Labour’s complaint that the Finance Minister failed to answer a patsy question from one of his own backbenchers (visit site for the audio)

That’s got to be a bit embarassing surely? My overall impression from the clip is that the rough and tumble of the ‘bear pit’ is getting a bit more active, with Labour pushing back a bit harder. I hope I’m not mistaken – certainly it’s about time.

14 comments on “Rough and tumble ”

  1. I watched most of question time today and it certainly seemed like Labour were putting a bit more pressure on the Speaker to keep the Ministers honest.

    Darren Hughes did a bit of work for the first time in a while, rather than leaving everything to Trevor Mallard.

    • Daveski 1.1

      Isn’t it refreshing to have a Speaker that holds ministers to account.

      • mickysavage 1.1.1

        Lockwood Smith is not bad. And he is doing his best. I rank him far higher now than I did before the election.

        What I would like him to achieve is for Key to be obliged to say why Worth was fired as Minister. If it is because of the complaint by the Korean woman then maybe time should be allowed for the police complaint to be completed. But it should then be announced.

        I want more than “it is in the national interest” to set out if a minister has been involved in corrupt or illegal behaviour.

        Smith is performing well. He is by far the best performing senior National MP. From the front bench English is holding things together and Ryall appears to be creditable.

        But the rest are shytte …

      • felix 1.1.2

        Daveski, I’ve been pretty impressed with Dr The Honourable Lockwood as Speaker overall but I do think the high standards he set out at the beginning of his term have been slipping a bit lately.

        I might be imagining it but it seems to me that he’s falling into a pattern of maintaining high standards of conduct as long as nothing important is happening, but as soon as (e.g.) his boss is threatened, it’s a whole different story.

        The carry-on earlier this week with him actually answering questions for the PM was a disgrace.

        Still, I’ve been generally impressed so far, and I admit I never expected him to be as good as he has. However If he’s going to be selective about how and when he applies his high standards then they’re not worth a lot and frankly I’d prefer he just dropped the whole charade.

  2. sweetd 2

    Trolley, the least experienced minister imo pissed over labour today despite the best endevours of the borish socialist front bench to let her tell labour what you didnt want to hear. Trolley has improved by a great margin.

    • lprent 2.1

      Huh? What were you listening to. I amuse myself listening to the MP3’s on the bus. She has merely progressed from incoherence to incompetence in the house. She now doesn’t try to answer the questions.

  3. National must be thanking their lucky stars there’s a recession going on. They can use it as an excuse for cutting just about anything (remember Paula Bennett using it as an excuse for cutting university assistance for Mums on the DPB?)

    I’ve found Bill English generally quite impressive, although it’s ironic that he goes on and on about how poorly Labour handled the economy when in December what a good job Labour had done. Ryall is also generally doing an OK job, although he has faced some pretty weak opposition from Labour in this respect.

    Tolley & Bennett have surely been the poorest performing Ministers in the house (blaming everything and anything on the recession rather than answering the questions).

    • BLiP 3.1

      remember Paula Bennett using it as an excuse for cutting university assistance for Mums on the DPB?

      .

      Yep.

      And Paula is so concerned about the plight of the nation’s solo mums that she has been organising a John Key National Party Inc – Lady Members’ Night Out at a Wellington shoe shop where staff stay on after hours just for them. Would never happen again, of course. Since Paula dismantled the Training Incentive Allowance solo mums coming behind her will be too busy paying off their student loan to be fussing over designer shoes; the bitch has pulled up the ladder.

      Seems a shame this latest act of John Key National Government Inc misogyny was executed by a woman.

  4. gingercrush 4

    Ooh interesting post. Smith is a good speaker. He makes mistakes and I do wish he’d let opposition members speak during points of order. But otherwise he’s been good as speaker. Speakers are always going to side with the government on most things. That isn’t being bias as such. Just that there are so many standing orders that it’s very difficult for a Minister to answer how the opposition would like them to. In that respect Smith does vastly better than either Wilson or Hunt.

    Whilst, the opposition may often disagree with the Speaker. It is certainly true that Ministers are required to answer questions better than what they previously have been required to. Indeed, Labour should be glad that get a Speaker like Smith and not a National clone of Wilson or Hunt. If that was the case they’d be in real trouble. I also think Smith being in the chair actually works to get opposition members to ask better questions.

    Hughes needs to step up more and he did that today. What Hughes or Labour can’t allow is for Mallard to keep standing up. I actually think that hurts Labour and Mallard’s constant questioning and criticisms of the speaker are in my opinion unbecoming. If Labour is going to allow Mallard to play the rottweiler role. Then at times they have to expect that to misfire. They need to restrain him more.

    While I would agree that Tolley and Bennett are weaker ministers. They are stepping to the plate more and more and are certainly improving. English, Power and Ryall are doing very well. Key is doing well, I know many here will disagree but he is doing well. Collins does okay, it certainly helps that in many respects there isn’t a big difference between herself and Cosgrove.

    Annette King was missing in action this week and to be honest. When she is asking questions, they’re not exactly working. I’m rather surprise because when she was a Minister she made mince-meat of her opponents. She just doesn’t seem to working in her opposition role. Perhaps, she should move to a different portfolio. Labour were right to move Chris Carter on from Education. He wasn’t particularly good as a Minister and he was going no where as the Minister of Education. He really shouldn’t be on the front bench. Shane Jones is terrible in opposition. Whatever, talent this guy is suppose to have has disappeared with him sitting on the opposition benches. Cunliffe, Parker and Dyson impress me greatly. I think Parker deserves to be sitting on the front bench. Street is doing rather well as well. If Goff could just be more succint (sp) in his questions, he’d be doing better himself.

    The real problem Labour has is that the people who are asking questions aren’t necessary the best people for the role. Hodgson, Carter, Jones, King, Horomia, Dalziel and others need to be moving on. A number of the 2008 intake need to be taking on larger roles in the house. Hence, I believe Robertson, Twyford, Hipkins and Davis should be pushed up. With perhaps Burns, Arden/Ardern and Beaumont pushed up as well. Shearer I suspect will play a larger role as well. Give him the Foreign Affairs portfolio, Carter is wasted on it. Labour’s talent lies in their 2008 intake. Besides the names mentioned there are several others that could play real roles in Labour in the future.

    • Zaphod Beeblebrox 4.1

      GC
      Do you take your lunch break from 2 to 4 every day, you seem to have a lot of knowledge of question time?
      From what I have seen, though, I would have to agree with a lot of what you say- though personally I feel Nick Smith has been the most compentant minister of a pretty moderate bunch. Key may be good one on one but he needs to improve his public speaking.
      What this year has shown is how weak Labour’s frontbench was last term, the don’t ahve any fire in their bellies and their arguments predictable. The old faces are getting badly shown up by the younger members of their own party as well as the Green MPs.

  5. BLiP 5

    Some great stuff in there – best line of the day, Cunliffe (I think) who described the John Key National Govermnent Inc’s answers to questions as ” . . some strange recounting of history .. “.

    I can’t understand the Education Minister’s strident enthusiasm for sign language, I would have thought that the Government was more in need of Braille.

    Rock on Lockwood. I reckon he’s doing okay – certainly better than the last few. I just wish Lockwood would fully subsume the role of Speaker and claim back the power of the position. At the moment he’s seems stuck in a quiz-show format where he is always right. I reckon he needs to actually mature as a human being and become the Speaker of the People of Aotearoa.

  6. bobo 6

    Moana Mackey has impressed me from what Ive seen of her in the house she sticks to the point of her questions which I think Labour should do more of, Cunliffe also is looking confident and knows his stuff , I think Labour is regenerating itself well for the future, not all is lost 🙂

    on the flip side

    Not a big fan of Shane Jones reminds me a bit of John Tamahere’s ego.
    Horomia hardly seen him ask any questions.
    Phil Goff – I dunno just seems to be upstaged a bit by Cunliffe so far..

  7. Craig Glen Eden 7

    Gc made a few good points I thought, though have to disagree on Key. He has not performed well at all. I have seen many middle management public servants do better. His media handling is getting worse and he has pissed off the major political journalists, watch his press meeting Monday 15 what a mess. Bennett is very arrogant, which she can not afford to be. She is thick not well qualified and has no experience of any substance. This is a bad combination. Cullen could be arrogant but he new his stuff and was very quick with a retort, Muldoon was the same, love both or hate them they got away with it because of intellect/ humour and the ability to absorb information.
    Bennett will never be able to do this. Contrast Bennett with Power,Power is not incredibly smart but he knows his limitations so is amenable and is thorough enough that he does not draw attention to his weaknesses and he has learnt the rules needed to survive. So I have to give him credit for that and think he will be a safe pair of hands and that in itself in politics is a good achievement.

    Tolley is a mare and she will crash and burn, she has no respect from the professions in education and has allowed vital money to be taken out of essential areas. Bennett Tolley and Key are all vulnerable. Ryall knows nothing about Health but has been around long enough and wont do anything of substance to make himself a human target.
    Hodgson, Cunliffe and Hughes need to lead the charge on Key, he is vulnerable to good thought out questions as he cant do a poker face.

  8. Pat 8

    No Questions on the list today over Worth. Look’s like Labour have finally given up.

    I’d like to give Tolley a rap. I think she has been performing very well of late at Question Time.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill passes first reading – Ka tutuki te pānuitanga tuatahi o te P...
    The Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill passed its first reading in Parliament and a special Select Committee has been set up to consider the Bill and hear public submissions, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “We are fixing a public health system that has, for far too long, failed Māori and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    44 mins ago
  • Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty – what next for the nuclear “grand bargain?” – Speech t...
    (Check against delivery) Kia ora tatou It’s my great pleasure to be here today at the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. I welcome this opportunity to share with you the Government’s thinking on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, or NPT. Forged in the depths of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Government helps sharpen the competitive edge of New Zealand’s medicinal cannabis industry
    The Government is backing an innovative research and development programme to help accelerate the establishment of New Zealand’s medicinal cannabis industry and boost export potential, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund (SFF Futures) is contributing nearly $760,000 to the $1.9 million, three-year programme ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Restrictions eased in parts of Waikato at Alert Level 3; Northland to remain at Alert Level 2
    Restrictions in the Waikato will be eased slightly from midnight tonight, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “From 11.59pm tonight, people in the parts of Waikato at Alert Level 3 will be able to meet for outdoor gatherings between two households, with a maximum of 10 people,” Chis Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • COVID-19 rent relief support measures refined
      The Government has landed on a balanced package of changes to improve rent relief measures for both landlords and tenants hit by COVID-19 restrictions, the Minister of Justice Kris Faafoi says. “Businesses in the Auckland region, and elsewhere under COVID Alert Level Three, have been doing it tough, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Govt considers regulatory safeguards for three waters services
    Public feedback is being sought on the regulatory safeguards required to ensure consumers and communities receive three waters services that meet their needs, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, Dr David Clark announced today. “The future three waters system needs to promote consumer interests and ensure infrastructure is delivered in a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Appointment of new Te Pou Tupua welcomed
    Environment Minister David Parker and Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui chairperson Sheena Maru have welcomed the appointment of Keria Ponga and Turama Hawira as Te Pou Tupua. In a joint statement Sheena Maru and David Parker said: Today, Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui chairperson Sheena Maru Minister and Environment David ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Don't freak out, ShakeOut
    Minister for Emergency Management Kiri Allan is challenging more people to join the almost 650,000 who have already signed up to take part in the nation-wide ShakeOut drill, happening tomorrow. “ShakeOut, New Zealand’s annual national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi, is a great opportunity for all of us to put ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Government to protect vital public water services for future generations
    Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta today confirmed the Government will create four publicly owned water entities to ensure every New Zealander has access to affordable, long-lasting drinking, waste and storm water infrastructure without ballooning costs to households and families. “The case for change is too compelling to ignore. It is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Annual MFAT- NGO Hui
    Tēnā koutou katoa, Talofa Lava and Warm Pacific Greetings to one and all— and in recognition of Tokelauan Language Week this week, Fakatalofa atu ki te koutou uma. Malo ni. Thank you for inviting me to join with you at the 2021 MFAT–NGO Hui. It’s a privilege for me to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Opening Address – Council for International Development and MFAT NGO Hui
    Tuia te rangi e tu iho nei, Tuia te papa e takoto nei, Tuia te here tangata ki te here wairua kia rongo te pō, kia rongo te āo – Tīhei Mauri Ora! Kei ngā iti, kei ngā rahi i whakapau kaha ki te whakahaere i ngā mahi atawhai mo ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Govt backs business to vaccinate workforces
    Vaccination will be required for all workers at businesses where customers need to show COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates, such as hospitality and close-contact businesses. New law to introduce a clearer and simplified risk assessment process for employers to follow when deciding whether they can require vaccination for different types of work. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Winners of the 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards
    Frimley Primary School in Hawke’s Bay is the Supreme Award winner of the 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The past year has been a real test for teachers, schools and local communities. But out of the challenge of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government provides greater assurance to homeowners
    The Government has provided greater assurance for homeowners with the introduction of a new code of ethics for Licensed Building Practitioners (LBPs), Building and Construction Minister Poto Williams announced today.   The Code of Ethics, which comes into force in October 2022, sets behavioural standards for LBPs to give both ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Primary sector returns strengthen export-led recovery
    Farmers’ hard work in leading New Zealand’s export-led recovery from COVID-19 is being rewarded with high prices forecast for milk and very strong returns for meat, says Trade and Export Growth and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Fonterra announced today a record predicted milk price of $7.90 to $8.90 for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Supporting economic resilience in the Indo-Pacific – Speech to the Asia Forum
    (Check against delivery) Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, kia ora koutou katoa Thank you Farib. It is a great pleasure to be invited to speak at this event. I want to acknowledge the on-going work of the Asia Forum. Over many years – decades, in fact – you have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • RSI ‘state of the nation’ report published
    New Zealand’s FCR cited research ratio is twice the world average Investment in R&D is increasing Case studies underscore how a science based COVID-19 response helped save lives In 2019, Māori and Pacific people represented 5 per cent of PhD graduates. The latest research, science and innovation system report card ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Funding to translate science into real life solutions
    The Government is investing in ‘Te Tītoki Mataora’ the MedTech Research Translator, to deliver new medical tools - and meet both the demands of a global pandemic and of a growing and aging population. “COVID-19 has shown that we need to build a more resilient, productive, innovative and economically-sustainable health ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Tokelau champions language and culture
    COVID-19 continues to be a powerful reminder of the importance of language and culture to the wellbeing of our Pacific communities, said the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. “Our Tokelau community in Aotearoa has responded strongly to the challenges of the global pandemic by getting vaccinated and supporting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Festival drug-checking services get a boost
    The Government is financially supporting drug-checking services to help keep young people safe at this summer’s large festivals and events, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “This is not about condoning drug use, but about keeping people safe,” Andrew Little said. “There is clear evidence that having drug-checking services at festivals ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Expanded vaccination order for health and disability, education and prison workers
    A newly-signed Order means most people working in three key sectors will very soon need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the sake of themselves, their workmates and their communities, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has confirmed. The extended COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Amendment Order 2021 comes into effect ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • APEC finance ministers focus on inclusive, sustainable COVID recovery
    APEC finance ministers will continue to work together to respond to the effects of COVID-19 and ensure a sustainable and inclusive recovery while capitalising on the opportunity to build a more resilient future. The New Zealand Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson chaired the virtual APEC Finance ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Improvements to child and maternity facilities at Timaru Hospital on track
    Improvements to child and maternity facilities at Timaru Hospital are well underway, and the next stage of the project will begin next month. Health Minister Andrew Little visited Timaru Hospital today to view progress onsite. “The improvements are part of South Canterbury DHB’s four-year refurbishment project and will create a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt responds to independent review into WorkSafe
    The Government has clear expectations that WorkSafe must action the recommendations of the independent review into the regulator to improve its management of adventure activities following the tragedy at Whakaari White Island, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood says. The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) today released the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Transforming New Zealand’s mental health legislation
    Public consultation is now open for Aotearoa New Zealand to have a say on the repeal and replacement of the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992. “’He Ara Oranga, the report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction’ made it clear that we needed to replace ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Prevention funding to reduce tamariki in care
    A new iwi-led prevention programme will receive funding from Oranga Tamariki to help reduce the number of tamariki and rangatahi coming into state care, Children’s Minister Kelvin Davis has announced. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (Te Rūnanga) will receive $25.9m of Oranga Tamariki funding over three years to improve outcomes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19 Protection Framework
    Kia ora koutou katoa Today I’m speaking directly to all New Zealanders to share a plan that will help us stay safe from COVID-19 into the future. A future where we want to continue to protect people’s lives, but also to live our lives – as safely as possible. Our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Business boost to transition to new COVID framework
    We know that over the last twenty months the approach New Zealand has taken to COVID and Delta has saved lives and livelihoods. Along with one of the lowest mortality rates in the world, we have also had strong economic growth, low unemployment and one of the lower levels of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19 funding boost to protect maōri communities
    Tēnā koutou katoa As you have heard from the Prime Minister, the new protection framework will support us to keep people safe especially our vulnerable communities and minimize the impact COVID-19 has on business and our day to day lives. If you want to protect yourself, your whanau and your ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New COVID-19 Protection Framework delivers greater freedoms for vaccinated New Zealanders
    New COVID-19 Protection Framework provides pathway out of lockdown and ability for businesses and events to re-open to vaccinated New Zealanders Simpler framework to minimise cases and hospitalisations without use of widespread lockdowns Auckland to move into the new framework when 90 percent of eligible population in each of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New fund to accelerate Māori vaccinations
    The Government has established a $120 million fund to accelerate Māori vaccination rates and support communities to prepare for the implementation of the new COVID-19 Protection Framework. The new Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund will directly fund Māori, Iwi, community organisations and providers to deliver local vaccination initiatives for whānau, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government extends hardship assistance for low income workers
    Income limits for Hardship Support through the Ministry of Social Development have been temporarily lifted so more people can recieve assistance. “Cabinet has agreed to make it easier for low income workers to recieve assistance for items such as food and other emergency costs,” Carmel Sepuloni said. “We know the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • More support for learners with highest needs
    Students most in need of extra help in the classroom are the focus of a new review that gets under way today, Associate Education Minister Jan Tinetti says. About 50,000-80,000 children and young people are expected to benefit from a Ministry of Education review into Highest Need Learners that will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Parts of Waikato to stay at Alert Level 3 for next six days
    The parts of Waikato that have been in Alert Level 3 will remain at that alert level till Wednesday, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Based on the latest public health information, maintaining level 3 in those parts of the Waikato continues to be the most prudent course of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Hon Peeni Henare September 2021 Proactive Diary Release
    ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NZ passes world-first climate reporting legislation
    New Zealand has become the first country in the world to pass a law that will ensure financial organisations disclose and ultimately act on climate-related risks and opportunities, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Dr David Clark and Climate Change Minister James Shaw today announced today. The Financial Sector (Climate-related Disclosures ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Prime Minister NZ UK FTA opening remarks
    Tēnā koutou katoa. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. I am delighted to announce today that following a conversation with Prime Minister Johnson last night, New Zealand and the United Kingdom have Agreed in Principle a historic high-quality, comprehensive and inclusive free trade agreement. I’m joined today by the Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand secures historic free trade deal with the United Kingdom
    A boost of almost $1 billion to New Zealand GDP, unprecedented access for New Zealand exporters to the UK market UK to eliminate all tariffs on New Zealand exports, with over 97% being removed the day the FTA comes into force NZ exporters to save approx. $37.8 million per year ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Quarterly benefit numbers show more people in work
    Benefit figures released today show a year on year fall of 9,807 people receiving a Main Benefit in the September Quarter.  “The Government is working hard to tackle COVID-19 and it is clear our strong response to the initial outbreak has created a resilient labour market which is providing opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Health reforms bill introduced to Parliament
    Legislation central to fixing the health system has been introduced into Parliament by Health Minister Andrew Little. “Rebuilding the public health system is critical to laying the foundations for a better future for all New Zealanders,” Andrew Little said. “We need a system that works for everybody, no matter who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago