Labour and media need remedial lessons in Parliament’s standing orders

Labour and their leader Andrew Little think they have got John Key.

They have used a sneaky left wing blogger to try to manipulate me into smearing the PM and it blew up in their face.

But they have a worse problem, they don;t seem to understand Parliament’s standing orders.

These are the questions John Key was asked by Megan Woods, with his answers.

Dr Megan Woods : Did his office have communications with Cameron Slater between 23 and 25 November regarding the Chisholm inquiry or the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security’s inquiry?

Rt Hon JOHN KEY : I do not think so. I am not aware of that, no.

Dr Megan Woods : Did he have communications with Cameron Slater between 23 and 25 November regarding the Chisholm inquiry or the inspector-general’s inquiry?

Rt Hon JOHN KEY : No.

Both questions have two legs…and under standing orders the minister, or in this case the Prime Minister is entitled to answer which ever leg of the question they like. There is no obligation to answer both legs.   

Questions often have more than one leg to them. If this is the case, members cannot demand that a reply addresses every leg of their question. The Minister has the latitude to address one or other of the legs of a question and ignore others. This is a risk that members run in asking multiple questions. [185]   It is also permissible for Ministers to answer questions that contain a premise or statement by disagreeing with or controverting the premise or statement. [186]

In the first question John Key is 100% right. I have not had any communications with his office for months.

With the second question he is also right. He answered the first leg of the question. “Did he have communications with Cameron Slater between 23 and 25 November regarding the Chisholm inquiry” and the answer is absolutely right…he did not.

Labour are making a mountain out of a molehill created by their own sneaky dirty politics team of Annette King, Megan Woods and Josh Forman.

The stupidity of it all is they are trying to prosecute the Prime Minister on their own failed understanding of standing orders.

Andrew Little is now making an arse of himself and showing what we have all known…that he is a fool.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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