Friday, October 16, 2015

Carrying On A Fine Tradition

It's quite hard to separate the prodigious failings of Labor's Shorten and Labour's Little.  The failings pileup so fast it's positively mesmerizing.

Today we have Labour whinging about The Speaker as they seek to keep yet another of Little's failings in thee headlines.   You see, The Speaker vetoes a private member's bill submitted by Little, on the grounds it essentially was a repeat of that other Labour failure's, Phil Twyford.

Labour is accusing Speaker David Carter of "massive political interference" after he ruled a bill requiring a "warrant of fitness" for all rental homes was too similar to an earlier failed law.
The Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill (No2) in Labour leader Andrew Little's name was drawn from the members' bill ballot at midday but two hours Carter ruled he would rule it out of order - effectively vetoing it - if it came up for first reading this year. Labour chief whip Chris Hipkins said that was unprecedented.

Here's what The Speaker should do:-

He should rise in the house and remind honorable members that he is merely carrying on the fine tradition established by Labour's greatest ever speaker, Margaret Wilson who made sure that The Speaker always demonstrated rock solid support for the gummint of the day.

2 comments:

Cedric said...

Everything that occurs for a first time is unprecedented.

"...accusing Speaker David Carter of "massive political interference"..." in a public release seems undignified at best.

"...Carter ruled he would rule it out of order - effectively vetoing it - if it came up for first reading this year." This implies that next year might be an acceptable time frame for this Bill being resubmitted (if it is essentially the same as the Bill drawn from the ballot last year).
Not an unreasonable allocation of Parliamentary time by the Speaker, is it?

Cedric said...



Correction to previous comment:

(if it is essentially the same as the Bill "drawn from the ballot last" "defeated earlier this" year).