THAT WOULD BE AN INTERESTING PRECEDENT

No Minister

It is reported the the Prime Minister is toying with the idea of allowing Winston Peters to make a valedictory speech to Parliament. Right now this is no Parliament and there won’t be until the Writs are handed in and Members sworn in … by which time Peters will have ceased to be an MP.

Interesting precedent but you can you really do it for just one MP … albeit a senior Minister, who lost his seat. What about Ministers Ron Mark and Tracey Martin. What about ex Minister’s Tim Macindoe and Alfred Ngaro. What about all the other MP’s who lost their seats?

IMHO you pays your money and you takes your chance. MP’s who announce their retirement prior to the election get to make their valedictories. They are still MP’s at that stage. That’s their privilege.

Having non MP’s make speeches from the floor of Parliament creates an…

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