Ardern needs to go further on Mallard says political commentator

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 6 May 2021, 11:44AM
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(Photo / NZ Herald)

Ardern needs to go further on Mallard says political commentator

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 6 May 2021, 11:44AM

Jacinda Ardern is being told she needs to go beyond tribal politics.

The Prime Minister has rebuked Speaker Trevor Mallard after he accused a former staffer of sexual assault, under the protection of parliamentary privilege in the House.

He'd previously accused him of rape and apologised after losing a defamation case against the man, costing taxpayers 300 thousand dollars.

Political commentator Bryce Edwards told Kate Hawkesby this suggests things are changing, but Ardern needs to go further.

“She is still protecting him, basically, and Labour’s still protecting him. National are carrying out this attack on him for their own interests.”

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