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John Key booted out of parliament

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/05/2016
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Opposition MPs applauded when Prime Minister John Key was ordered out of parliament on Wednesday.

It's the first time it's happened to Mr Key, and he was told to leave by Speaker David Carter because he didn't sit down when he was ordered to.

Mr Key was answering questions on the Panama Papers when Mr Carter decided he had strayed off the point and one of his answers was taking too long.

The prime minister was challenging Green Party co-leader James Shaw when Mr Carter called for order.

"The prime minister will resume his seat," Mr Carter said.

He gave Mr Key a few seconds and then said: "The prime minister will leave the chamber.

"When I stand on my feet and call for order he is to be treated no differently to any other member in this House - the prime minister will leave the chamber."

Mr Key left without comment, later telling reporters he hadn't heard Mr Carter.

The last time a prime minister was ejected was in 2005, when Helen Clark was ordered out for interjecting while questions were being asked.

It was Mr Key's fourth time as a parliamentarian.

When he was leader of the opposition he was told to leave on three occasions.

Mr Key was banned for the rest of question time, and has now joined the ranks of those recently ordered out which include serial offenders Winston Peters and Ron Mark.


* 1997 - Deputy Prime Minister and NZ First leader Winston Peters accused of assaulting National's John Banks outside the debating chamber. The privileges committee decides Mr Banks was "restrained against his will".

* 1998 - Opposition leader Jim Bolger famously throws his pen across the chamber when Deputy Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer questions his intelligence.

* 2005 Prime Minister Helen Clark ordered out for interjecting while National's Nick Smith was asking a question.

* 2006 - NZ First MP Ron Mark is shown on parliament's video covertly giving the finger to National's Tau Henare.

* 2006 - National's Bob Clarkson claims Labour's Trevor Mallard hit him on the head in the debating chamber. Mr Mallard said he was carrying a bunch of folders which might have accidentally touched Mr Clarkson's head.

* 2007 - Broadcasting Minister Steve Maharey ordered to apologise for saying "f... you" to National's Jonathan Coleman.

* 2015 - Ron Mark is caught again, muttering "Shut the f... up" to government MPs. It was barely audible, but the sign language interpreter heard it and showed the finger.

* 2016 - Within the space of a few weeks, Ron Mark gets away with calling an unidentified National MP "a lying little s..." and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman "a lying prat".

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