Face of the Day


Meet Tracey Martin, NZ First list MP. Given the cold shoulder as deputy leader in favour of Ron “I’ve been in the SAS” Mark, it seems she was lacking attention in parliament yesterday.

Tracey Martin was given her marching orders on Thursday by Speaker David Carter after refusing to withdraw an interjection she made while Education Minister Hekia Parata was answering questions.

Ms Parata heard the interjection.

“The member has just said `what a lie‘,” she told the Speaker.

That’s forbidden, and Mr Carter ordered Ms Martin to withdraw the interjection.

She refused and was ordered out for the rest of question time.

Her party’s leader, Winston Peters, and deputy leader Ron Mark, are serial offenders.

They sure are. I think someone decided to raise her profile. Not that it makes any difference.

Whaleoil of old would have suggested Ms Martin and a lunar cycle, but that’s no longer the sort of thing that’s done.

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