Has Clare Curran committed a contempt of parliament?

Rodney Hide commented on a post yesterday:

Edgy stuff from the Minister. Here is an example of a contempt from Standing Orders:

(u) intimidating, preventing, or hindering a witness from giving evidence, or giving evidence in full, to the House or a committee: End of quote.

He went further:

Well, it’s a potential contempt or breach of privilege. It would need be raised by a member as soon as possible with the speaker and certainly before the next sitting date which I suspect was yesterday without knowing the timeline.

The speaker then decides whether the matter deserves being forwarded to the privileges committee. There is some degree of decision here, e.g. hinder but usually complaints are out of time which is strict.

The privilege committee hears the matter, hears from the MP, makes a ruling and metes out a punishment such as an apology to parliament. The point is it’s a serious thing for a Minister to interfere or be seen to interfere with the working of Parliament which serves to hold ministers to account. End of quote.

Will National lay a complaint with the Speaker, and will Mallard act on the complaint?

I guess that all depends on what happened in the select committee.


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