Speaker Elections

January 30th, 2013 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Tracy Watkins at Stuff reports:

Prime Minister John Key says he is expecting an acrimonious start to the political year – and the gloves are already off over the election of Parliament’s new .

Labour has indicated it will not support National’s nomination of Primary Industries Minister as Speaker when Lockwood Smith vacates the chair this week.

The Speaker’s role is always contested and this year’s nomination has seen more jostling than usual with Carter said to be a reluctant nomination, while National backbencher Tau Henare has been angling for the job over the opposition of his colleagues.

Henare stirred the pot further this morning after being asked how Carter would go in the role.

His response was “who?”, before adding: “S … that’ll start the year off well.”

Labour leader David Shearer said the Government had not consulted Labour over the nomination.

“Until that happens the gloves in a sense are off,” he said.

Shearer said the issue was about the functioning of parliament and Labour wanted to be taken seriously over who should be the referee – Key was not respecting the convention of consulting the Opposition.

Key said Labour had already made its feelings about Carter’s nomination clear. He expected the vote to be split but that was not unusual.

“I’ve seen it before in my time in Parliament,” the prime minister said.

In 2004 National rejected the nomination of Labour candidate Margaret Wilson.

The Greens and NZ First have also said they will not be voting for Carter, but what will be more interesting is whom they nominate or vote for as an alternative.

The last contested election for Speaker was in March 2005. Three candidates declared their nominations – Margaret Wilson, Clem Simich and Ken Shirley. They got 64, 37 and 5 votes respectively.

Meanwhile Claire Trevett interviews David Carter on his plans in the role:

National’s David Carter admits it will be “a big ask” to be non-partisan as Speaker but says it was a critical part of being the Speaker and he would give it all he had. …

Asked if he could be non-partisan, he acknowledged that was a challenge for all Speakers.

“In all honesty, having been a very political and active player for 18 years in this place, the transition I have to make if I’m elected as Speaker is to be completely without bias. That is a big ask but I will do it to the best of my endeavours.”

He said it was the mark of a good Speaker to be apolitical. …

Mr Carter said today he was looking forward to the job.

“It’s a great honour – a great challenge. I don’t expect it’s going to be an easy time in the House, but I’m really looking forward to it, if I am successful on Thursday.”

Lockwood got mauled a fair bit in his early days by Mallard and Cullen. I imagine it will be much the same for Carter. What will be more interesting is how things go around three months down the track, as things settle down.

13 Responses to “Speaker Elections”

  1. Rick Rowling (892 comments) says:

    the gloves in a sense are off,” he said

    Whoa, we got a bad-ass here!

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  2. Manolo (22,069 comments) says:

    Oh, no. All MPs should hold hands and sing kumbaya as suggested by P.G., proponent of extreme caution and moderation on all things.

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  3. David Garrett (10,994 comments) says:

    David Carter is no Lockwood Smith…

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  4. Dean B (1 comment) says:

    interesting that in the hansard for the previous speaker election which David links to, only two of the MPs involved are still in the House, Peters and Dunne. Quite a turnover.

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  5. BeaB (2,513 comments) says:

    These clowns have forgotten why we are paying them.
    Do they really think taxpayers appreciate these stupid, timewasting political games?
    What a pathetic lot.

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  6. Pete George (24,828 comments) says:

    Funny Manolo, but as usual you’re misrepresenting reality.

    The top priorities of all MPs should be
    – representing the people of the country
    – running the country

    Nearly half parliament screaming anarcho-punk and nearly half singing “Up yours, we’ll do as we please” seems a nutty way to try and run a country.

    I doubt there are many successful company boards who would start the year with a shitfight of abuse and denigration amongst themselves, led by the chairman.

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  7. Pete George (24,828 comments) says:

    David Carter is no Lockwood Smith…


    But just-appointed-speaker Lockwood Smith was no Lockwood Smith either.

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  8. Pete George (24,828 comments) says:

    I posted about the speaker selection yesterday – Choosing a speaker

    National shouldn’t have the assignment of MP responsibiities like Speaker dictated by other parties, but they seem to have dealt with the replacement of Lockwood with a bit of unneccesary arrogance and provocation.

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  9. lastmanstanding (1,734 comments) says:

    Pete George Good point about company boards. Our Pollies should aspire to be good governors. They means they follow the principles of good governance as laid out by the Securities Commission in 2001 and endorsed by the FMA.

    Sadly I look at the 120 odd in the House and dont see even one individual who is capable of following the 9 Principles of Good Governance.

    Instead I see a rag tag bunch of misfits with no leadership ability no direction and a selfish self interested me me me attitude.

    I have voted both Labour National and ACT in the past. At present none of the parties represent me and none of their members have the standards of governance ethics or morals that meet the standards I expect.

    So the report card from Lastmanstanding to his employees reads.

    Must do better
    Must try harder
    Must govern for the people.

    Or you get a FAIL

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  10. Paulus (3,570 comments) says:

    Surely Winston would be the best Speaker.
    Only thing is that he talks with false tongues.

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  11. WineOh (1,061 comments) says:

    Precious-Pup from Labour and hand wringing about not being consulted. I don’t think he’ll be as good as Lockwood Smith, but given that the Govt still has the numbers to appoint Carter anyway its pointless for Labour to be crying foul on this. That said, it does seem a bit petty from the Nats to not at least make the conventional “consultation” in government… which tends to mean “we’ve made up our mind already, but have to be seen to go through a process to get feedback.”

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  12. gravedodger (1,704 comments) says:

    Remind me again, how did the “consultation” on the nomination of the shrieking, totally biased, out of her depth, inadequate, disgraceful Margaret Wilson go.

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  13. thedavincimode (8,131 comments) says:

    In 2004 National rejected the nomination of Labour candidate Margaret Wilson.

    Shrewd judgement there.

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