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Jacinda Ardern: The role of the Speaker is distinct, I make sure to keep that separated

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Wed, 4 May 2022, 1:23pm
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Jacinda Ardern: The role of the Speaker is distinct, I make sure to keep that separated

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 4 May 2022, 1:23pm

Jacinda Ardern is refusing to intervene in Speaker Trevor Mallard's trespassing Winston Peters from Parliament Grounds. 

The New Zealand First Leader is seeking a judicial review after Mallard banned him from the grounds for two years – for touring the anti-mandate protest. 

Peters says no distinction should be made between former MPs like himself and others at the protest peacefully. 

The Prime Minister told The Country there are still things to be worked through, but ultimately Mallard's decisions are his to make. 

“Parliamentary Services and the grounds here and the role of the Speaker is distinct, and I do make sure that I keep that separated, it doesn’t mean I won’t have a view and when I do have it, I do share it.” 

Peters says he wants to set a precedent on behalf of hundreds of people he claims were unlawfully trespassed for protesting peacefully. 

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