Henare unfazed by Key's Speaker comments
Tue, 11 Sep 2012 12:40p.m.
National MP Tau Henare is pushing ahead with his bid to be the next Speaker, despite failing to get a public endorsement from Prime Minister John Key.
The controversial and often outspoken MP is hoping to succeed Lockwood Smith, who is expected to become High Commissioner to London later this year.
Mr Key has confirmed to media that Mr Henare has approached him about the role, and says he told him the Government's nomination would "have to be in a position to be acceptable to all political parties" - perhaps a hint that Mr Henare is not acceptable.
In 2007, Mr Henare came to blows with Labour MP Trevor Mallard during an argument outside the debating chamber in Parliament House.
He has also been critical in the past of the government's support partners, the Maori Party and ACT.
Asked whether he had Mr Key's confidence, Mr Henare said, "Apparently not. He doesn't seem to think that I'm up to it."
However, he believes he has "as good a chance as anybody else", with each MP casting a vote to choose the Speaker.
Asked what kind of Speaker he would be, Mr Henare replied "a nice Speaker" - despite having recently, and he claims "wrongly", being expelled from the house for bad behaviour.
"The point is, I've played the game in the house, and so I know how to be bad, I know how to be good as well," Mr Henare said.
He faces stiff competition, with National MPs Maurice Williamson and David Carter the likely favourites for the job.
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22/09/2012 6:08:44 a.m.
@Mike, Sharples as next speaker?! No bloody way mate, thats all we would need!
11/09/2012 5:18:56 p.m.
Key hasn't endorsed anyone, so how can anyone complain? This probably means Keys hasn't decided who he would like yet and is keeping options open.National also has a history of treating Maori better in terms of speaker appointment than the oppostion. Take Peter Tapsell who was appointed under National. Compare that to Labours 'Last Cab on the Rank' view on Maori.Keys could also be keeping options open. Sharples while a radical when younger, has matured over the years and while still having very strong views I think he could look to provide a balance as speaker. But I think Sharples already too busy with other work. Dunne is similar with a history of picking a moderate line and trying to apply it fairly, and too busy. Turia also too busy, but I think not as well balanced as Sharples for likes of speaker. Banks has too much bad press/baggage even though could do a good job as speaker so wont be an option. Thats just looking outside National!Within National, could also pick someone more neutral without heavy portfolios (or seen as old guard) that could be popular. Eg Maggie Barry could probaly do the job. Maggie could be seen as someone not too old in politician terms, a woman, able to act fairly. Is several others between newcomers like Maggie and established MP's like Tau/Maurice/David that could also be looked at. I wouldn't try to decide who yet as the replacement speaker race too wide open.
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