MPs were reminded that today was about ceremony. Â John Key got criticised for cracking a joke at the expense of the Labour Party, but somehow (not surprisingly), Russel Norman once again failed to observe the occasion and got stuck in
David Carter was re-elected Speaker in a vote prompted by the fact returning NZ First MP Ron Mark was put forward by his Leader Winston Peters.
Mr Mark later indicated his nomination came as something of a surprise.
Mr Carter’s re-election was welcomed by Prime Minister John Key but Acting Labour Leader David Parker and Greens Co-leader Russel Norman had some requests for him.
“There will be contentious moments in this House”, Mr Parker said in his address to Mr Carter.
“The business of Opposition and the business of Government are both very important roles we are reliant on you giving us a fair go.” Read more »