I found it interesting to hear Labour’s Police spokesman Kris Faafoi backing Trevor Mallard’s bullying of senior police officers at select committee.
Labour certainly pulled no punches when David Garrett questioned prison officers about their suitability for the job.
In fact Clayton Cosgrove took it so seriously he laid a privileges complaint against Garrett:
RNZ – Sept 04 2009 – ACT MP David Garrett says he is not surprised the Speaker of the House has decided not to uphold two privileges complaints against him. In the first complaint, Labour MP Clayton Cosgrove accused Mr Garrett of bullying submitters at a Parliamentary select committee…
Here’s what Clayton said about that incident back then – versus Kris Faafoi’s claim today that Mallard was simply engaged in robust questioning…
Labour MP Clayton Cosgrove says Mr Garrett’s attitude was bullying and unprofessional.
And in the Otago Daily Times;
“he’s behaving like a bully.”
And in The NZ Herald;
Mr Cosgrove said Mr Garrett’s tone had been badgering.
So is Labour’s new standard that it’s only okay to bully people at select committees if one of their MPs do it?
Would seem to be.