Some will remember this post on 4 August:
When John Key told Parliament that he had rigorous costings on the cycleway he was lying. He had none.
His own staff proved him a liar (PDF). Thanks Wayne.
The matter has been refered to Speaker (PDF).
Thanks to Idiot Savant for the legwork.
And here is the response from the Speaker (PDF).
What this means is that Ministers have carte blanche to lie as long as they are not answering a primary question or leading a debate in the house. No referals from a committee stage of a bill.
The ruling is astounding. It means that the only way someone who is not a Minister can get refered to the Privileges Committee is if they lie when making a personal explanation.
The Speaker’s reasoning is unbelievable. Brings the House into disrepute. Almost bad enough to get refered to the Privileges Committee until recently.