Labour: Carter wrong man for job
Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:15p.m.
By Lloyd Burr
Labour has slammed the Government's preference of Parliament's new Speaker, saying they weren't consulted and the wrong person has been nominated.
The National Party have put forward Primary Industries Minister David Carter to replace Lockwood Smith as the person to referee the debating chamber.
But Labour leader David Shearer says the Government is flouting convention and failed to consult his party about Mr Carter’s appointment.
“You need a Speaker that has confidence across the House. David Carter doesn’t seem to have any real enthusiasm for the job.”
Mr Shearer says he doesn’t think Mr Carter has a grasp on the rules but hopes to be proven wrong.
“It is very simple; have David Carter come over and have a chat to us. We can ask him why he wants to become Speaker, the kind of qualifications he brings to the job and if he’s keen to do it – easy,” he says.
Prime Minister John Key says Labour was consulted, but not officially.
“We did have an informal conversation with them through the back door but they made it pretty clear that they didn’t want to support David Carter."
Mr Key says Labour told him they wanted to support another minister, Maurice Williamson.
But Labour says Mr Key is wrong and there was communication from National about their preferred choice of Speaker.
“There’s been no approach to me whatsoever. Nobody from the National Party has approached us,” says Mr Shearer.
David Carter has the support of the Green Party, it is understood.
A vote will be held on Thursday.
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29/01/2013 11:10:19 p.m.
Tories, Republicans, Nats.. no difference in ideology whatsoever.
Mike is arguing symantecs on the basis that they have different names.. their philosophy however is very much the same.
In America they are called republicans and stand on the streets with guns.
In Britain they have toffee nose exclusive boys clubs that they frequent.
In New Zealand they have a man who sold out peoples lives on a daily basis working as a money lender not caring who he hurt in the process.
Money lenders got thrown out of the temples in the bible for their greed and averice.
Money lenders never look after the little bloke.
Money lenders live breathe and sleep money, they dont care about the little guy, they dont care about the tens of thousands of people whos hard work they got rich off.
Tories, Nats, Republicans, same jackal.. same stripes.
29/01/2013 7:41:53 p.m.
Whinging Pom , no mate ...... born and bred , served and worked hard for this country only to see it gutted by Mike and his Tory mates .
29/01/2013 3:46:42 p.m.
Tories? we dont have Tories here. Sounds like some whinging pom needs to go home.Labour always complains about National speaker selections. They complained when Bolger selected a Maori MP as speaker as even then Maori were 'Last Cab on the Rank' to Labour. Labour has the adaptability of a 3 day corpse, so them complaining is to be expected.
29/01/2013 3:26:54 p.m.
Jim Seaview wrote:
It has given David Shearer something important to to?? Quite frankly - WHO CARES?
29/01/2013 2:42:17 p.m.
you know key really trys the good will of the people infact he takes it for granted.
29/01/2013 2:25:05 p.m.
Shearer should expect payment in spades for that cheap shot. What an idiot that man is.
29/01/2013 1:49:58 p.m.
The laws of the land dont apply to the terrible Tories .
29/01/2013 12:28:43 p.m.
Dear Labour, you lost the election. You're not in charge. The Greens are the only real opposition. Stop moaning. Reality Check!
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