Man tries to jump into debating chamber
Wed, 05 Oct 2011 3:49p.m.
A man sitting in the public gallery at Parliament tried to launch himself over the balustrade and into the debating chamber this afternoon.
The 54 year-old-man was shouting abuse about Work and Income and was heard saying “John Key…he’s an a***hole”.
The diplomatic protection squad managed to restrain him before he jumped and he was subsequently arrested by police for breaching the peace.
A police spokesperson says the man is from Wellington and health authorities are currently assisting him.
Labour leader Phil Goff was in the middle a speech about the minimum wage when he was interrupted by the Speaker and screams from MPs watching the man.
Politicians moved from their seats and yelled “move, move, move” to others sitting below.
Prime Minister John Key appeared to blame Labour for the jumper, shouting out “shame on Labour” during the incident.
Mr Goff was not pleased at Mr Key’s assertion saying it is an “absolute disgrace” that the Prime Minister placed the blame at the Labour Party’s feet.
After the man was taken away, the Speaker ordered MPs back to their seats so question time could continue.
“Members will please take their seats thank you and a big thank you to the security guards. Will the Sergeant at Arms please be involved and ensure that things please return to normal. Thank you Sergeant,” the Speaker said.
But the man continued to shout and MPs were still unsettled but the Speaker continued.
“Order, order! I’m on my feet. We have had enough interruption in the chamber – the member has been removed,” he said.
But the words “scumbag” were heard from either the chamber or from the gallery and members in the chamber remained unsettled. .
Mr Goff stood to speak and commended the work done by security but then took aim at Mr Key.
“Mr Speaker, can I acknowledge the work done by security in preventing that sad incident and say that it’s even sadder that the Prime Minister tried to blame that on the Labour opposition and I think, Mr Speaker, that that is an absolute disgrace.
The Labour Party's blog Red Alert was immediately updated by MP Brendon Burns. He had this to say:
"Extraordinary events in the House minutes ago. A man got over the rail in the public gallery above where some of us sit and appeared all set to drop into the chamber. Some of us leaped out of our seats. Somehow, someone, perhaps a member of the public, pulled him back, assisted by staff, one of whom may have been injured.
"The man was yelling about John Key and Work and Income. John Key looked across at Phil Goff and Annette King and said something like “You should be ashamed of yourselves” – as if Phil or Annette had engineered this.
"When the House returned to business, Phil made reference to what Key had said and suggested he should apologise. Key sat there looking embarrassed but said nothing.
"Then some Nats took exception to what Phil had said! A group of them left the Chamber shouting at Labour MPs. We responded.
"Point is: the man was clearly acting beyond self-control. Security did a great job. We all got a fright. It should have stayed there. To suggest responsibility lay with Labour is a disgrace."
Fairfax Media spoke to Auckland lawyer Matthew Piper who had been sitting next to the man who tried to jump.
The man made a small speech before he ran towards the barrier.
"Obviously trying to propel himself over onto Labour backbenchers at which point the security guards acted very quickly to come and grab him," said Mr Piper.
"He continued to struggle after he was pulled back over and was making kind of lots of noises about various injustices, no one could really understand."
The Prime Minister has been escorted out of Parliament by his security detail and an ambulance and emergency response vehicle are waiting outside the Beehive.
''It was impossible to get a clear picture about what was going on but it was clear he was unhappy about something. It was very hard to tell from down on the floor what his issue was. But he was three-quarters over that brass rail," Leader of the House Simon Power told Fairfax Media.
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6/10/2011 8:50:35 p.m.
yes the video above has been edited, only partly shown, I guess TV3 supports National so omitted to show the entire incident with the comments made against labour
6/10/2011 8:38:37 p.m.
I have always voted National, but I think Mr Key is a heartless banker, anyone that could make light of a man trying to harm himself is sick in the head. He was trying to score political points, you could tell from the Video he was in the wrong, becuase he curled up like an embarrassed little schoolkid. Not the behavior of a Prime Minister of New Zealand. Hope this government is gotten rid of. Don't like labour to much either, but think each party should get a term in Government to moderate against the other stuffing the country totally.
6/10/2011 8:01:18 p.m.
Key has squealed and run behind someone's skirts. He took a foul shot then ran. Could it be he knows he will be facing more than just questions about how he and his cabinet have been passing policies and emergency legislation, left right and centre that have profoundly negatively affected the country to the point people are making desperate actions in protest. He will also have to answer why he was quick to deflect a serious incident that risked other lives into a personal jibe of a sick nature at the opposition then deny it despite video evidence.
6/10/2011 5:38:56 p.m.
Apparently there was video footage of this incident of an unstable person trying to enter the chamber from the public gallery, at great risk. JK was not smiling! Having been told by my daughter to view it on STUFF website, I have been unable to. I fear it has been censored and I am still trying to find the link. I would like to see our PM in his true form. Please post the link on this site, if it hasn't been destroyed. This could be the game changer for Labour and John Key.
6/10/2011 2:37:16 p.m.
@ JohnmillanWhen Mike said "Once again it is the minority commenting on these websites"...I'm pretty sure he was meaning Labour Voters, the minority...not the number of Labour voters posting v's National voters on this post.I really do find it amusing that You and Clarke et all really think you are 'getting the message out there' and what you guys post will really change anyones mind, all you are doing to one another is preaching to the converted, fun to read though, knowing Labour is getting a hammering in Nov...keep up the good work girls, better than taking your medication though eh?
6/10/2011 1:35:38 p.m.
Good on ya PM Key, blame Labour, I would too...probably orchestrated by Mallard, typical publicity stunt from the left.No?...conspiricy theory!...sound like one, ohhh wait it's only the left that think everything is Nationals fault and everything is a VWRC, sorry forgot.
6/10/2011 10:28:52 a.m.
Joan and Mike you are the out numbered fools 0n this blog,And if you think that Key has what it takes to run a country you should double tick his box.He is a wimp he was led from the house by body guards and a ambulance was awaiting out side for him.He can throw dirt but can not take it,as shown he is a very arrogant person and does not need the future to lead Nz.People of all classes have started to wake up to him now.HE IS A PIG.
6/10/2011 7:48:22 a.m.
Listening to Goff speaking would make anyone want to through themselves off the public viewing balcony.
5/10/2011 11:59:26 p.m.
The security staff obviously put his/her life on the line to protect Mr Key and his colleagues in the chamber. That person deserve's a reward and a can of DB. As for Mr Key, you don't deserve my vote any more.
5/10/2011 9:58:42 p.m.
sooner people start taking responsibility for their own inadequacies the better. the guy had mental health issues. period. comments about winz - you're living in la la land if you think increased benefits solve the worlds ills. ask denmark - one of the highest suicide rates in europe despite a bursting welfare state or sweden that has been through a massive crash. welfare doesn't work. the countries that are doing well know this. about time nz caught up. and so what if key assumed labour was pulling a swifty - wouldn't be the first time they have pulled underhand stunts. once again it is the minority commenting on these websites....the silent majority just wait til voting day. labour is dead in the water.
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