The Labour Party has accused the National-led Government
of acting arrogantly in its election of a Speaker, and has
nominated MP Trevor Mallard in response.
Labour leader David Shearer said National had not engaged
with his party on the issue and had failed to treat
Parliament as "the people's house."
He said John Key had falsely claimed that National had been
in contact with Labour regarding its choice of Speaker.
Mr Shearer did not meet National MP David Carter, who is
tipped to be the new Speaker, until yesterday.
"That was the first approach we had by Government about the
appointment of the Speaker," he said.
As a result, Labour would put forward its own candidate at
the election at 2pm today.
Mr Shearer said all Opposition parties backed the choice of
Mr Mallard as a Speaker.
"Trevor Mallard is a passionate observer and participant in
Parliament. He knows standing orders back to front and he is
keen on having that job."
He said the nomination was not a stunt, and Mr Mallard
"really wants the job".
"He's a very serious candidate, perhaps the most experienced
person in Parliament at the moment."
- Isaac Davison of the NZ Herald