The new Speaker

January 31st, 2013 at 2:21 pm by David Farrar

It is no surprise that the Rt Hon has just been elected of the House of Representatives.

Labour put up as a candidate. Not sure that was the best way to try and get the Maori Party or Tau to vote for you :-)

There were no proxy votes allowed for the election.

After the speeches of congratulation, Speaker Carter will go to Government House to present his credentials and the House adjourns until the week after next.

The vote was 62-52.

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33 Responses to “The new Speaker”

  1. BeaB (2,058 comments) says:

    Mallard! They are taking the piss!
    Why are we paying these clowns so much for these antics?

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  2. Brian Harmer (686 comments) says:

    David, how do you interpret the abandonment of the convention (if it is indeed a convention) of at least the pretense of cross party consultation?

    [DPF: I'm not sure it is a convention. However FWIW I think consulting is a good idea and should have happened]

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  3. Jimmy Smits (246 comments) says:

    BeaB (1,448) Says:
    January 31st, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Mallard! They are taking the piss!
    Why are we paying these clowns so much for these antics?

    Can’t say I think too highly of National’s pathetic selection either, although there aren’t exactly any quality candidates in the National party. Definitely a step down in competency when compared to Smith.

    John Key is a smart planner. Not discussing the speaker role with Labour so that Labour would put up Mallard at the last minute, falling right into the trap of allowing attention to be detracted from the useless appointment that is Carter.

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  4. Pete George (22,850 comments) says:

    Lockwood Smith wasn’t highly regarded as suitable for speaker until he had proven himself as a groundbreaking speaker.

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  5. Redbaiter (7,628 comments) says:

    Carter is a long time National Party drone and one who has been a big help in making it what it is today, one of the most useless and impotent collection of politicians that the Nats have ever mustered.

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  6. hamnidaV2 (247 comments) says:

    Mallard would have been a good option – Near the end of his career, knows the standing orders inside out, vast experience in the debating chamber, centrist, etc.

    I had forgotten that David Carter even existed until the issue of speaker became a hot topic.

    Probably best to avoid Tau.

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  7. tvb (4,208 comments) says:

    Rt Hon David Carter?? When did the Rt Hon happen???

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  8. Mark (1,363 comments) says:

    Lockwood will be a hard act to follow. Hard to see Carter being up to that standard but who knows.

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  9. Keeping Stock (10,100 comments) says:

    @ Mark – no-one expected Lockwood Smith to become one of the best Speakers in living memory when he started out either. Carter may yet prove to be an excellent choice.

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  10. sparky (235 comments) says:

    Great to see David Carter, as the new Speaker elect. Very pleased it is not Trevor Mallard.

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  11. Redbaiter (7,628 comments) says:

    “no-one expected Lockwood Smith to become one of the best Speakers in living memory”

    Speak for yourself. I knew he would do good.

    (and its “no one”, without the hyphen. If you’d had an education instead of an indoctrination, you’d know that)

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  12. anonymouse (695 comments) says:

    @BeaB, that was my thought too, I mean talk about not respecting the position of speaker, Mallard would not have a clue how to be an impartial speaker…. let alone the patience to deal with one Winston Raymond Peters

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  13. Elaycee (4,302 comments) says:

    @tvb: The title “The Right Honourable” (abbreviated to “The Rt. Hon.”) is granted to and may be used and retained for life by those persons who currently hold, and those persons who after the date of the signing of these rules are appointed to, the following offices:

    The Governor-General
    The Prime Minister
    The Speaker of the House of Representatives
    The Chief Justice

    http://www.dpmc.govt.nz/honours/overview/rthon

    Sorted. :D

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  14. rangitoto (195 comments) says:

    Cam Slater on WO blog pointed out that Labour nominating Mallard was a stupid move. They should have nominated Maurice Williamson

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  15. scrubone (3,048 comments) says:

    National seem to have misstepped, but Labour in return threw a hissy fit. Real school yard stuff, and it made both look really petty. Bure much more on Labour since they were the ones doing all the screaming.

    One wonders if that is really what they were after.

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  16. Richard Hurst (756 comments) says:

    Mallard as Speaker?? Imagine it…

    “Fuck you, sit down and shut up, shut the fuck up you tory wanker! Oh you want some do you? Do ya?! You wanna taste of my fucking hammer?! Step outside and say that you prick!”

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  17. Keeping Stock (10,100 comments) says:

    Redbaiter said:

    “no-one expected Lockwood Smith to become one of the best Speakers in living memory”

    Speak for yourself. I knew he would do good.

    (and its “no one”, without the hyphen. If you’d had an education instead of an indoctrination, you’d know that)

    “Do good”? Surely you mean “do well”. Perhaps your education wasn’t that crash-hot after all :P

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  18. annie (537 comments) says:

    anonymouse (429) Says:
    January 31st, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    @ Mallard would not have…… the patience to deal with one Winston Raymond Peters

    Ah, yes, but the situation would have been richly deserved by them both.

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  19. thedavincimode (6,539 comments) says:

    Does this mean Shearer has finally decided that that bullshitting hypocritical and disgraceful little prick is headed for the sidelines?

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  20. dime (9,439 comments) says:

    Anyone hear Kenny rogers and his point of order? What a muppet.

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  21. Tookinator (214 comments) says:

    @Richard Hurst – yep but Parliament would be worth watching – could put it on prime at 7pm to rival Shortland Street!

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  22. Tookinator (214 comments) says:

    I thought the speaker elect was supposed to be dragged kicking and screaming to the chair (Lockwood did resist a little when he first was appointed. as part of the tradition.) Though Carter practically sprinted to the chair!

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  23. mara (726 comments) says:

    Mallard as speaker would have been HUGELY entertaining but, as a tax payer, I must decline the entertainment in favour of fiscal prudence and decorum. His ego would have cost us more than he was worth. By many, many degrees.

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  24. big bruv (13,296 comments) says:

    I note that some here are hoping that Carter is as good as Lockwood. I am sure he will be, hopefully without the sense of self importance that Lockwood displayed.

    As for Carter being neutral, hell I hope he is as biased as Wilson. I want to see the Labour scum scream and yell as they have to suffer through the same crap that Labour forced upon us when they elected Wilson as speaker.

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  25. Johnboy (14,998 comments) says:

    It’ll be hard for Carter to outdo Margaret Wilson or Gerard Aloysius Wall! :) :)

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  26. Viking2 (11,137 comments) says:

    Keeping Stock (8,538) Says:
    January 31st, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    @ Mark – no-one expected Lockwood Smith to become one of the best Speakers in living memory when he started out either. Carter may yet prove to be an excellent choice.
    —————-
    Like Reddy, I also thought he would be great.
    If you thought or hadn’t thought about it then that show’s how much notice you have taken of his years in Parliament.
    No wonder you can’t pick decent MP’s in the Nat ranks. Can’t tell the good from the useless.
    Which is why there is so many .– Useless ones.

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  27. David Garrett (6,437 comments) says:

    Russell Redbaiter giving spelling and grammar lessons…how’s the prostRate today Russell? How many times do you normally have to micturate during the night?

    Interesting (and valid) point that Lockwood has proven to be the best speaker in living memory, whereas no-one would have thought so prior to his election…but when you think about it, the guy had prior form as a performer and speaker (with a small “s”)…I somehow can’t see Carter living up to the very high standard set by Dr the Rt. Hon. Lockwood Smith…always a little puzzled that a guy so lacking in pretension insisted on the full title…

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  28. Johnboy (14,998 comments) says:

    Not as pretentious as say: “His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular”.

    But I get your point DG! :)

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  29. David Garrett (6,437 comments) says:

    Johnboy: I think you actually quote the late dictator’s title accurately! Not sure about “Lord of all the Beasts”…

    Now there would have been a post for Russell…Head of Security for the Field Marshall….

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  30. Johnboy (14,998 comments) says:

    You and Russell should play nicely.

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  31. Random Punter (65 comments) says:

    Johnboy: My favourite African dictator was Zairean President Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbengu wa za Banga, which I’m reliably informed means “The cock who leaves no hen untouched”.

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  32. Pete George (22,850 comments) says:

    Congratulation speeches for David Carter in parliament yesterday, text and video.

    http://yournz.org/2013/02/01/tributes-to-new-speaker-david-carter-from-parliament/

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  33. Paulus (2,502 comments) says:

    Let’s face it nobody could have been as bad as Margaret Wilson – even Trevor.

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