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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Parliamentary Questions of 5th April

[Because I got Hendren's link wrong in the previous post, here it is again. He makes some interesting observations about Ian Wishart and the whole Tamihere episode]

Hide and Brownlee asked three questions related to the Tamihere interview:

Question 2 about Clark saying Tamihere was under the influence, asked by Rodney Hide.
Question 6 on Clarks confidence in Tamihere, asked by Gerry Brownlee.
Question 9 on Labour's support for its coalition partners, asked by Gerry Brownlee.

Favourite quotes
OK, now I've had some time to read through the whole lot there are better quotes... but as I pointed out to Andrei in the comments, there is nothing the Opposition can do to get Clark to actually answer the question, the most they can do is ruffle Clarks feathers, stirr dissent in the ranks, and hope for some choice soundbites or quotes in the following days papers.
Rt Hon Winston Peters: Can the Prime Minister please reconcile these two events: Lianne Dalziel being told to go home for allegedly not telling the truth, and John Tamihere being told to go home for irrefutably telling the truth?
Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: In recent months I have been in the House when members of the Opposition have refused to believe that anything Mr Tamihere says is true. I find the change of attitude very remarkable.

Rt Hon Winston Peters: Which of the allegations made by Mr Tamihere are untrue, and which of the allegations are true but unbearable; and does she not agree that honesty is the best policy in politics, so why is John Tamihere not being promoted back into Cabinet?
Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: I do not intend to seek an unlimited period of speaking time to answer that question. The article, frankly, is drivel.
Hon Richard Prebble: I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. I of course seek leave for the Prime Minister to have as long as she needs in order to go through the article and explain to us which bits are true and which bits are not.

Rt Hon Winston Peters: In the absence of the Prime Minister’s desire to articulate what the allegations were and are, I seek leave now to articulate them for the benefit of the House and the country.

Heather Roy: How can New Zealanders interpret this statement by Mr Tamihere: “They don’t have families. They’ve got nothing but the ability to plot. I’ve gotta take my kid to soccer on Saturday, they don’t.”, except as indicating that this Labour Government has no understanding of, and no empathy with, New Zealand families?
Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: Every New Zealander has a family. People have parents. Most have siblings. [Interruption]

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 4/05/2005 07:58:00 PM


Blogger Andy said...

Nothing particularly brilliant there. Hardly put Helen on the spot. sigh

4/05/2005 08:46:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Well, they can't force her to answer the questions. She is an excellent stonewaller, adept at making snarky retorts.

Ultimately this is a very embarrassing episode for Labour, and possibly evidence for internal discontent. For the opposition it is a useful morale booster, the political version of discovering some of your enemies troops no longer care for the war.

4/05/2005 08:53:00 PM  
Blogger Lucyna said...

Helen's families comment really annoys me. She's not an idiot, she knows what JT meant, yet she implied just by being an adult child of a family that that was the same thing. The resposibility of having children, compared with being a member of a family, just doesn't compare.

4/05/2005 10:24:00 PM  

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