Lindsay Tisch to be nominated Deputy Speaker

November 18th, 2008 at 4:43 pm by David Farrar

This really annoys me. Not that is to be nominated , but that I only found about it by listening to the audio/video (thanks Scoop) of ’s press conference.

It wasn’t in the official release, but John Key announced it early on at his press conference. Now there were 30 or so journalists in the room, so why didn’t a single one of them actually report it? Hell why attend the press conference, if all you are going to do is write stories based on the press releases, and overlook any new material from the actual press conference.

Anyway it looks like Lockwood for Speaker and Lindsay Tisch for Deputy. There are two Assistant Speakers, with one traditionally being from the Opposition – presumably . I’d guess may be the other .

It hasn’t been a tradition, but it would be nice if the Deputy Speaker (rather than the Assistant) was from the Opposition. did very well as Deputy Speaker.

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9 Responses to “Lindsay Tisch to be nominated Deputy Speaker”

  1. Graeme Edgeler (2,972 comments) says:

    why didn’t a single one of them actually report it?

    More odd was that a couple of media outlets have actually mentioned Lindsay Tisch, but as a (quoting the article on the TVNZ website) “long serving [MP] to miss out entirely”.

    Something was entirely missed, but I don’t think it was Lindsay!

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  2. jacob van hartog (300 comments) says:

    Have I got this right under labour we had a Labour speaker and a national deputy.

    But under national we will have BOTH positions nationals

    I know you lot won but isnt it a bit early for hubris

    LOve the ads on this site for” public address” authors

    [DPF: I have advocated for a Deputy from the Opposition. But to be fair Labour only once had the Deputy as a National MP. Most of the time it was Labour]

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  3. Dale 08 (34 comments) says:

    Realy Dave is it any suprise that the media missed it? Of late a lot of them have been focussed on how long the new government will last. Im looking forward to the first sitting day and the Greens looking at Dr Sharpels and Tariana and asking them selves WHY? Also looking forward to Dr smith saying”I LISTNENED VERY CAREFULLY AND THE MINISTER DID ADDRESS THE QUESTION!

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  4. pdm (707 comments) says:

    I have just commented elsewhere that my understanding was that Ross Robertson was the most repected of all from the Speakers stable – by all sides of the house – in the last Parliament. It therefore seems to me that he deserves the Deputy position if not the Speaker position purely on the basis of his experience and performance.

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  5. ahod (13 comments) says:

    One media noted it last night, but I forget which. When do they announce the other Members new roles? With 58 MPs are we to expect the Assistant Vice Chair to the Select Committee Committee Chair to become a new presence in our executive?

    Watching the news, reading the paper or online media is a continual source of annoyance for me.

    Our standards are just so low.

    TV ONE News last night added that soon-to-be Minister of Social Development Paula Bennett rose to prominence after securing a weekly spot on ONE’s show Breakfast, and also notes that this was a “source of jealousy for some colleagues”. Along with this they followed the other media in drawing the solo Mum and former beneficiary story. Basically their story was a brief advertisement for Breakfast.

    Someday one hopes to view the media with pride, thus far one has not lived that day.

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  6. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,760 comments) says:

    It hasn’t been a tradition, but it would be nice if the Deputy Speaker (rather than the Assistant) was from the Opposition.

    Never give a sucker a break when they’re down.

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  7. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,760 comments) says:

    Dale 08 says at 7:11 pm:

    Also looking forward to Dr smith saying”I LISTNENED VERY CAREFULLY AND THE MINISTER DID ADDRESS THE QUESTION!

    I’m looking forward to the first time Dr Lockwood Smith ejects Michael Cullen from the Parliamentary Chamber. I imagine it won’t be to long after that that Cullen resigns from parliament.

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  8. Ross Miller (1,618 comments) says:

    The last Parliament was the first to break with tradition and appoint a member from the opposition as Deputy Speaker. I suspect they did it because the election was so close.

    While that is not the case this time I would have preferred to see that continue or even better still, Dunne as Speaker and Smith as his Deputy. Dunne, boring and prissy as hell but I suspect he would be fair. Smith because in my book Deputy Speaker equates with that of a Minister outside Cabinet and that is where Smith deserves to be.

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  9. dave strings (607 comments) says:

    I still think Cullen would have made an excellent speaker. It wopuld also have been fun watching him try to Rodney his bias!

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