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Peter Dunne welcomes controversial speaker's ruling

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Latest Political News | Thursday June 6 2013 17:11

Peter Dunne welcomes controversial speaker's ruling

Parliament's debating chamber looked empty today with 10 MPs either boycotting it or being kicked out.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters led his six MPs out of the chamber in disgust at Speaker David Carter's decision to allow United Future leader Peter Dunne's status stay as it is, despite the party being de-registered.

Labour's Trevor Mallard stormed out and National's Jonathan Coleman was kicked out - after calling Labour's David Clark a coward.

Mr Dunne says the Speaker's decision is the correct one.

"The whole thing was a sham today. I think the behaviour was appalling. I think the Speaker's made the appropriate ruling. What he's said is effectively he rolls over the current situation until the Electoral Commission determines on the validity of our application for re-registration."

Winston Peters says he's never seen anything like the farce surrounding Mr Dunne and his Party.

He says in his decades in parliament he's never heard of such a case.

Photo: Getty Images

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