Labour now doing the “Have you stopped beating your wife” routine

June 4th, 2014 at 3:11 pm by David Farrar

How pathethic. Select committee scrutiny of estimates is meant to be about spending and performance of government. Instead uses it for a smear disguised as a question.

Radio NZ reports:

Labour Party MP Trevor Mallard has offended Education Minister by asking her if she has ever hit any of her staff.

Mr Mallard asked the question during a select committee hearing at Parliament on Wednesday.

“When was the last time that anyone was hit within your office?”

The minister replied: “Mr Mallard, no one has been hit within my office, or any staff of my office.”

Mr Mallard: “Okay, so you’ve never hit a staff member?”

Ms Parata: “No Mr Mallard, and I take absolute offence at any suggestion that that has occurred.”

Trevor Mallard did not produce any evidence that anyone has been hit, and Ms Parata was clearly upset with the line of questioning.

The Herald reports:

“I can tell you categorically that I have never hit a staff member in my current employ or in my previous employ,” Ms Parata told reporters afterwards

She said she was “aware there has been a rumour but there is no substance to it.”

“I think it is really inappropriate, offensive and inaccurate.”

She said no one had accused her of hitting a staff member and she had never been approached by Ministerial Services – which deals with ministerial staff – about such allegations.

Mr Mallard told reporters after the committee that he believed a former staff member had left the office after being hit on the head.

He said he had heard the allegation indirectly from “a very good source.”

Now recall Trevor Mallard was Labour’s nominee for Speaker of the House. The role which is meant to be beyond reproach and upholding parliamentary standards.  And he’s smearing ministers on the basis of a third hand rumour that has no substance.

This is Labour focused on the big issues. They have no vision for education beyond abolishing national standards and charter schools. Their focus is on petty smears.

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59 Responses to “Labour now doing the “Have you stopped beating your wife” routine”

  1. RightNow (6,994 comments) says:

    Haha desperate times for the lame duck and the sycophants who’ll be making a feast out of this.

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  2. burt (8,275 comments) says:

    Mallard knows all about throwing his fists around in the office – I’m surprised he didn’t recommend that if Parata had slapped somebody that she got treated the same as he did – promoted to campaign manager.

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  3. burt (8,275 comments) says:

    I’m firmly of the opinion that if Mallard, King & Goff resigned that Labour would lift significantly in the polls.

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  4. RightNow (6,994 comments) says:

    I was getting a little worried that Labour were going to ease up on the nasty. That they might have some actual policy that would appeal to middle nz. Thanks trev, I knew I could count on you to fuck it all up for your team

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  5. dime (9,980 comments) says:

    he really is an awful bastard.

    hes aging terribly too which pleases me

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  6. Kimbo (934 comments) says:

    The same Trevor Mallard who escaped an assault charge by pleading guilty to the lesser charge of fighting in a public place?

    And well and truly buried whatever chance the country had of co-hosting the 2003 Rugby World Cup by publicly proclaiming he felt like jamming a Heineken bottle up IRB Chairman Vernon Pugh’s backside?

    Good to see Trev is still keeping it classy.

    Every now and then I ask myself if I have made the right thing switching from a natural Labour voter to National. Then Mallard invariably does something that confirms the wisdom of that decision…

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  7. Huevon (222 comments) says:

    Pot calling the kettle black coming from Mallard. Anyone wondered why his first marriage didn’t work out…

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  8. NK (1,244 comments) says:

    Is Select Committee subject to absolute privilege?

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  9. Nick R (507 comments) says:

    @ NK – Yes.

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  10. mjw (396 comments) says:

    Do you really want to go down the beyond reproach line? I think the Nats are living in glass houses there.

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  11. 2boyz (262 comments) says:

    Nasty wee man with a major chip on his shoulder, every time he opens his mouth he assists every other major party except Labour.

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  12. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    How about putting some research into a well circulated, and I believe, correct rumour regarding the sexual assault of a young boy who had been plied with alcohol (in the presence of Clark PM), while attending a Labour Party function at Parliament a few years ago? This despicable offence was committed in the presence of senior Labour ministers, who had been indulging in booze and dope. This was brought to the fore some time ago, but main media swept it under the carpet, no doubt at the instigation of Little. This is serious shit, and someone should be brought to answer, and why and how was the young complainant silenced! In a pub nearby some security guards were discussing the disgraceful affair, but were too scared to say much when we showed a little interest. Someone evidently has pics.

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  13. Tom Barker (143 comments) says:

    I worked for Ms Parata when she was a senior public servant. At that time she had more personal grievance cases taken out against her by her colleagues than anyone else in the public service. I have no trouble believing Mr Mallard in this instance.

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  14. Kimbo (934 comments) says:

    How about putting some research into a well circulated, and I believe, correct rumour regarding the sexual assault of a young boy who had been plied with alcohol (in the presence of Clark PM), while attending a Labour Party function at Parliament a few years ago?

    No thanks. I believe you are referring to the ‘eccentric’ Jevan Goulter.

    Leave it in the gutter where that allegation, along with Trevor Mallard belong.

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  15. RightNow (6,994 comments) says:

    Show us on the doll where the bad lady touched you Tom

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  16. BeaB (2,125 comments) says:

    Great stuff, Tom. That’s why we still have witches’ trials. Make an accusation and Tom will believe it! And even add to it – more PGs than anyone else in the public service. Really? I hope you are never on a jury.

    Mallard (in his sad middle-aged try-hard specs) really needs to retire. Or concentrate on helping Cunliffe sort out what his immigration policy really is.

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  17. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Bad Tom, talking from personal experience like that. Why should we believe you?

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  18. peterwn (3,277 comments) says:

    Kimbo – McCready could not get Trevor Mallard on an assault charge unless ‘victim’ Tau Henare had made a complaint. He could for a ‘fighting in a public place’ charge as the victim need not complain.

    The police can prosecute for serious assault charges even where the ‘victim’ consented to the assault where there is a significant ‘public interest’ issue.

    If the ‘left’ did get in it would be very interesting to see if the Greens would support Trevor as Speaker. I somehow doubt it.

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  19. deckboy (18 comments) says:

    I wonder about our parliamentary system sometimes. Here we have very highly paid members of the opposition that seem to have very little to do with there time other than trying to dig dirt on hard working Ministers.

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  20. Bob R (1,377 comments) says:

    @ BeaB,

    Tom’s account seems consistent with the high turnover in that office?

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  21. burt (8,275 comments) says:

    deckboy

    Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition – They have only one job – To oppose. It’s not written anywhere they need to think and Labour have shown time and again in the last 6 years they work to rule.

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  22. G152 (351 comments) says:

    I wonder about our parliamentary system sometimes. Here we have very highly paid members of the opposition that seem to have very little to do with there time other than trying to dig dirt on hard working Ministers

    When they have nothing they invent it knowing the MSM isn’t going to investigate just repost the drek

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  23. jem (51 comments) says:

    You think Labour would have learnt from the last two elections that the average voter does not warm to Nasty Party tactics. Their sole strategy(well apart from asset sales) for the last 2 elections was to attack Keys character. Did it work then??
    Why would they try flogging a dead horse for a third term??? Just beyond me.

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  24. lifesgood (15 comments) says:

    Well they tried their best to get rid of Judith Collins. That didn’t work so now this sad bunch of losers are having a go at Hekia. Why don’t they just come up with some credible policies? By the way, I have cancelled my Listener subscription mainly because Jane Clifton, political writer, is Mallards latest squeeze so can hardly be impartial.

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  25. kowtow (8,524 comments) says:

    hahahahahaha

    More PGs against her than anyone else blah blah

    Suggests to me a number of things…….

    She made the bastards work and they didn’t like it.

    Trades unionists like telling other people what to do, but can’t gracefully follow instructions.

    The public service is full of soft pricks who moan and milk us,

    Tom Barker is a nark and milkey is another sinecure trade union protected work shy tax waster.

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  26. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    ‘Tom Barker is a nark’
    Boo hoo. Someone tell the teacher!

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  27. kowtow (8,524 comments) says:

    or in milkies case the shop steward.

    That’s it, pens down ,all out.

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  28. SHG (316 comments) says:

    In a perfect world she would have replied “If I ever commit assault on Parliament grounds I shall be sure to seek your advice, Mr Mallard. Perhaps based on your own experience you could suggest a lawyer?”

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  29. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Poacher turned gamekeeper, you reckon?

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  30. OneTrack (3,117 comments) says:

    Do Labour have courses for being nasty, or does it come naturally?

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  31. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (890 comments) says:

    Not over yet. “More to come”.

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  32. RightNow (6,994 comments) says:

     “More to come”
    I would expect this was Trev’s opening salvo for a bigger play. From experience I can only see this ending badly for Labour. Got extra popcorn in.

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  33. mara (788 comments) says:

    Prove it Mallard or bugger off. The usual bollocks to entertain the masses.

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  34. adze (2,126 comments) says:

    The duck should get the pluck off out of parliament for good. He’s stuffed, and past his use by date.

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  35. dishy (248 comments) says:

    lifesgood – great maiden comment.

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  36. RightNow (6,994 comments) says:

    This is the duck whose truck is stuck in the muck

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  37. burt (8,275 comments) says:

    Jane Clifton is Mallards new squeeze … That’s it, she’s off my ‘tap if you get a chance’ list.

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  38. Tookinator (221 comments) says:

    I’m interested… (Though maybe DPF should do a separate post on this.) On Trevor’s employment possibilities after his time in Parliament? I know there will be many ‘humorous’ suggestions, but in reality what could he do? Unlike some other MP’s he’s unlikely to be seconded to a board of directors? (If so why?) What other talents does he have? I’m genuinely interested in what is the possible life outside of Parliament? Is there one, is that why they hang on so long as there is no other opportunity?
    Can DPF do a ‘survey’ or probability of those leaving this year from politics what their chances are of gaining employment at the same wage level as they are getting now? If so doing what?

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  39. Tom Jackson (2,553 comments) says:

    The same Trevor Mallard who escaped an assault charge by pleading guilty to the lesser charge of fighting in a public place?

    Whaddarya? A poofter? Don’t you like bit of biffo?

    The Mallard-Henare bout was the best thing to happen in parliament in 20 years. Whatever injury the combatants caused to the Queen’s peace was more than outweighed by the amusement value to everyone else.

    And well and truly buried whatever chance the country had of co-hosting the 2003 Rugby World Cup by publicly proclaiming he felt like jamming a Heineken bottle up IRB Chairman Vernon Pugh’s backside?

    An entirely appropriate comment under the circumstances.

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  40. questions (208 comments) says:

    Strange out incredulous you all are to the allegations about the hopeless Hekia Parata, yet quite willing to believe anything negative that anyone has to say about Labour.

    Sad but not surprising that there hasn’t been a single demerit point given on this thread, I guess its ok to smear and defame here, as long as it isn’t a National MP.

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  41. Pete George (23,602 comments) says:

    Whatever injury the combatants caused to the Queen’s peace was more than outweighed by the amusement value to everyone else.

    No. It was a low for parliamentary behaviour and added to the disrepute and poor reputation of MPs.

    And it set a very poor example in a society that has major problems with violence. Promoting it as ‘amusement’ supports an insidious culture of violence.

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  42. Scott1 (552 comments) says:

    On he balance of the evidence i’d say it is more likely true than not. I think a lot of people are doubting it here because Trevor said it.

    My guess is that Hekia just means that it wasn’t a “hit in the head” it was a slap in the face to a annoying young right wing upstart.. who will probably remain quiet particularly now that Trevor has come out about it, I suppose that quiet conversation has been had.

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  43. Pete George (23,602 comments) says:

    Strange out incredulous you all are to the allegations about the hopeless Hekia Parata, yet quite willing to believe anything negative that anyone has to say about Labour.

    Mallard has made another accusation in Parliament without providing any evidence. He has a record of making factless accusations and gutless attacks. Anything he says does not deserve being believed unless he fronts up with something to back up his claims.

    This just looks like another dirty gutless smear job from Mallard to me. If he provides some evidence I’ll his accusation I’ll reassess but at the moment he has no credibility.

    This isn’t helpful for Labour’s election chances. It’s a poor look for them.

    And Mallard’s ambitions for being Speaker are further dented. He hasn’t reformed at all and has shown nothing like the level of responsibility required for the job.

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  44. Manolo (13,840 comments) says:

    Mallard is a vile individual, scum, a true piece of s**t.

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  45. Pete George (23,602 comments) says:

    On he balance of the evidence i’d say it is more likely true than not.

    What evidence? I’m not aware of any. Mallard made an unsubstantiated accusation and Parata strongly denied it.

    Whether it is in fact false or true the balance of evidence so far is that it is a factless smear, something Mallard has a long record of doing. Parata has no record of hitting people as far as I’m aware.

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  46. Scott1 (552 comments) says:

    Pete,
    look through the whale oil unsubstantiated accusation archives for starters.
    Beyond that Hekia does seem to have a bit of an issue with managing staff.

    You might not be aware of Parata having form on this sort of issue, but I presume if she does – then the prime minister is aware of it.

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  47. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    The only reason Mallard attacked Henare was because he knew Henare was ill with coronary problems. When he had the chance to show how tough he was when continually interjecting in the House, some years ago (before he started tomcatting with girls younger than his grandchildren), he ran away from outside the debating chamber like a defeated cur.

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  48. david (2,557 comments) says:

    burt @11:16pm

    Oh I don’t know, you could still “boldly go where no (real) man has gone before”

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  49. bc (1,367 comments) says:

    Here we have a guy that actually worked for Parata telling us what it like to work for her and people are doing the three monkeys routine: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Or the equilavalent on putting their fingers in their ears and going “la, la, la, la, la, la, la …”

    Pathetic.

    We will never know if Parata hit the employee. If you go public, you become a political football and you don’t work for the government again. The employee will not go public.
    It is a FACT that employees have taken personal grievances against Parata (time for fingers in ears again people). I bet that those employees with personal grievances just get paid off, with confidentiality agreements of course.

    I worked for an incompotent boss. It was an awful environment. He would yell and threaten people. He was feeling the pressure to perform obviously, but because he couldn’t do his job, he had to bully others to cover his incompotence.
    Needless to say, I left pronto, and didn’t look back.

    The signs of what is happening with Parata’s staffers is obvious to anyone who has been in a similar situation.

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  50. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    bc: Bet you worked for an incompetent boss, anyone of competence would not employ a goober like you! I have just got rid of a loser with your attitude, and it cost me nothing, decent staffers made his position intolerable for the incompetent whinging left-wing woofter.

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  51. Phil (127 comments) says:

    publicly proclaiming he [Mallard] felt like jamming a Heineken bottle up IRB Chairman Vernon Pugh’s backside?

    To be fair, everyone that has worked with Pugh feels the same way. I don’t think we can hold that against Mallard alone.

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  52. doggone7 (808 comments) says:

    “…beyond reproach and upholding parliamentary standards.” ????????????????????????????????

    Standards = lies being told but liars not being able to be told they’re telling lies = parliamentary standards.

    You can’t have it both ways. You’re prepared to accept the behaviour of John Key and Judith Collins but want honesty and integrity from others? The more Mallard “throws the rule book away” the more he looks like someone who would fit comfortably in the Speaker’s chair and be at ease with the “standards.”

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  53. JamesBlake (62 comments) says:

    Ducky needs to put up or shut up. With the amount of crap he spouts I think he can take a large amount of credit for Labours poor poll resutls over the last 6 years and more. If Labour ever want to be taken seriously they need to clear out the dead wood like this guy who have hung around for ever and done far more damage to them than good.

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  54. doggone7 (808 comments) says:

    Phil: “To be fair, everyone that has worked with Pugh feels the same way. I don’t think we can hold that against Mallard alone.”

    And to be fair, at the time more than a few said “Give that man a Steinlager!”

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  55. bc (1,367 comments) says:

    Wow igm, you really are a nasty piece of work aren’t you.

    Actually you remind me exactly of the boss I work for. Nasty on the outside but insecure on the inside. You can tell these kinds of people, because the only way they can make themselves feel big is by knocking others down. The thing is, they are so obvious, so rather than feel threatened you end up just laughing at them. Much like I laugh at your pathetic grabs at getting upticks first thing in the morning on general debate.

    Anyway back to this man. He was totally incompetent and ridiculed by all of the stakeholders. He couldn’t get the results and you could tell he cracking under the pressure. Rather than admit his shortcomings, he would yell and threaten everyone. He would get really personal too, just like you do.

    Went straight into another job – mentioned that I had worked for him in my CV but used other references. My new employer didn’t even ask why I didn’t use him as a reference – it was like they knew what he was like.

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  56. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    bc: My staff really think I am an arsehole . . . I get invites to their private and family functions, and other things many employers don’t even hear about. I pay them well, give them good conditions, a share in extra profits; they provide me with a damn good income and standard of living to which I am grateful. As I said, with your attitude and mouth, you would not last a day with my highly qualified and competent staff!

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  57. bc (1,367 comments) says:

    igm (quote) “My staff really think I am an arsehole”

    Indeed. You said it!

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  58. adze (2,126 comments) says:

    “You can’t have it both ways. You’re prepared to accept the behaviour of John Key and Judith CollinsYou can’t have it both ways. You’re prepared to accept the behaviour of John Key and Judith Collins”

    You’re seriously comparing Mallard’s low rent, boorish, scumbag behaviour with JK and Collins? Mallard doesn’t belong in parliament, let alone the Speaker’s robes.

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  59. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    bc: Maybe we could be looking at your company . . . I would really enjoy that!

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