Post by Rich80105 Post by JohnO
We are in an unprecedented health and economic crisis, yet the execrable Lis Craig thinks it is more important to protect the government's reputation than it is to protect the people of NZ, their health, and their jobs.
Since it was the Health Committee, perhaps it is reasonable not to hve
spent a lot of time on economic issues. Quite reasonable for such a
committee to get a briefing on the overall issues relating to Covid as
well, but clearly Bishop thought it was an extension of Question Time
and an opportunity to attack someone / anything. Clearly Lis Craig got
her response wrong however, and Mallard showed why he is so well
regarded as Speaker by restoring the balance.
Post by JohnO
This government has the ethics of a rabid rat.
Nothing to do with ethics; just different opinions about the work of
I suppose you could call it "parliamentary etiquette and decorum according to time, place and purpose".
Mallard: “I think that ministers will now have a discussion with their own officials to make sure that they do not try and block questioning by taking all the time up making statements.”
I am indifferent to what is to the layman the 100% expected routine behaviour of any MP when under questioning, i.e. to maximise and expand on their own message while allowing as little time as possible to their interrogator - seen and heard 24/7 on the broadcast media. Evasion and prevarication. In this case, it seems Labour ministers were also toying with and taunting Bishop who, as a list MP in a small, shambolic Opposition will be more than a little conscious of his own political vulnerabilities. Hence his manifest exasperation.
That said, if the numbers as given are right, the opposition had about 50% of the time allocated to put their questions. What is not given, though, is the ratio of time customarily/formally allocated between question and response in a Select Committee hearing.
 To cut back on dodging and digressing, the tightest targeting and framing of the question and the surgical precision with which it is put are all. But most of all, as any lawyer will tell you, never ask a question to which you don't already know the answer.