Politics gets ugly at Parliamentary Question Time

National has sent a letter to Trevor Mallard outlining their concerns over his handling of Question Time in Parliament.

OPINION: Parliament’s debating chamber has never been a place for the faint hearted. After all, they don’t call it the bear pit for nothing.

So it was only a matter of time before Parliament blew up over Speaker Trevor Mallard’s drive to clean up question time.

Speaker-in-waiting for the last decade, Mallard came into the job with some firm ideas about how things would run under his rule but his effort to stamp out heckling and the usual rough and tumble of political debate is going down like a cup of the proverbial.

Speaker Trevor Mallard - his way or the highway?
Speaker Trevor Mallard – his way or the highway?

Mallard’s new penalties include deducting questions from the Opposition if they step out of line. If Government MPs misbehave, the Opposition picks up extra questions.

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