Trevor Mallard back in the spotlight over false rape claim fallout

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 9 Feb 2021, 10:47AM
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Photo / NZ Herald

Trevor Mallard back in the spotlight over false rape claim fallout

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 9 Feb 2021, 10:47AM

It's time for MPs to dust off the gloves - and get back in the political ring.

Parliament returns today, with politicians going head-to-head for the first time this year.

National will use Question Time to needle the Government on issues like the vaccine roll-out and housing crisis.

First though, leader Judith Collins will attempt a doomed motion of no confidence in Speaker Trevor Mallard over the fallout off his false 'rape' claim.

Mallard has been under pressure since it was revealed taxpayers stumped up more than $300,000 to cover a legal dispute, prompted by his false claims an accused rapist was working at Parliament.

Former Attorney-General and former National Party MP Chris Finlayson told Kate Hawkesby it's all part of the parliamentary ritual.

"It excites the people inside of parliament for a couple of hours. This all happened a long time ago in the grand scheme of things, and people have moved on."

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