Mallard losing the plot, again, privileges complaint laid and now threatens top cop

Two events that are perhaps linked have led to Trevor Mallard once again losing the plot. Firstly John Banks has laid a complaint with the Privileges Committee about Mallard’s actions last week in parliament.

Act leader John Banks also revealed he laid a breach of privilege complaint against Labour’s Trevor Mallard last week after Mr Mallard strongly criticised the Speaker’s decision to allow United Future to retain its parliamentary entitlements while it sorted out its registration.

Mr Mallard described it in the debating chamber as “farcical” and left rather than be forced to withdraw and apologise for it.

Today before question time, Mr Mallard stood to withdraw and apologise, which Mr Carter said related to last week.

He said he was yet to make a decision on Mr Banks’ complaint, lodged last Friday, because he needed to first seek a response from Mr Mallard.

Mallard also described the decision by Speaker Carter as ‘corruption’. 

The decision prompted Labour MP Trevor Mallard to label the House “a farce”, shortly before leaving rather than apologise.

Outside Parliament, Mallard said Carter had chosen to protect Dunne because UnitedFuture supported the Government.

“That, in most countries, would be regarded as corruption.”

To make matters worse for Mallard he has threatened Mike Bush in a select committee hearing:

A select committee hearing has descended into acrimony after Labour MP Trevor Mallard appeared to threaten the job of a senior police officer.

Mallard abruptly left a select committee after an exchange of angry words with Police Minister Anne Tolley after he questioned the decision of Deputy Police Commissioner Mike Bush to speak at the funeral of former police officer Bruce Hutton.

This of course is Labour’s continued meme, attacking Mike Bush because he got the job that David Shearer’s brother wanted.

The threat was pretty specific too.

After Mallard attempted to question Bush on the issue Government committee members objected that his questions were out of order.

But Mallard hit back and appeared to threaten Bush’s job.

“We’re deciding whether or not to continue his salary, that’s what we’re deciding now,” he said.

Mallard then got embroiled in an exchange with Tolley who said that was not his decision before Mallard abruptly left the committee.

This is shameful behaviour from a politician, attacking a senior public servant. Mallard should quit, he is clearly past it.

This is obviously a continued utu against Mike Bush and is pretty shabby stuff from Mallard.

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