$333,000 cost of Mallard’s defamation case

Stuff reports:

Speaker Trevor Mallard has cost the taxpayer more than $333,000 after a parliamentary staffer he accused of rape pursued legal action, and the Party now says it can no longer support Mallard in the job.

The figure, revealed to the Party in a written parliamentary question, includes a $158,000 settlement payment from the Speaker to the staffer, $171,000 to cover legal fees, and $4641.70 for advice to the former deputy speaker.

Sometimes defamation suits are unavoidable in politics, especially for Ministers.

But this case seemed highly avoidable. The Speaker over-stated the case massively against a Parliamentary Service employee, and it has cost taxpayers $333,000.

It’s good that the information on cost has been released.

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