25 Jun 2013

Privileges complaint nothing to do with me - Tolley

2:25 pm on 25 June 2013

Police Minister Anne Tolley says she has nothing to do with a privileges complaint in which two senior Labour Party MPs are accused of bad behaviour at the Law and Order Select Committee a fortnight ago.

Trevor Mallard stormed out of the hearing in anger at having his questions to the Deputy Police Commissioner blocked, moments after he appeared to threaten the man's job.

Phil Goff also argued with committee chair Jacqui Dean and swore after his questions were stifled.

Mrs Tolley, who was also in the hearing, won't be drawn on whether the outbursts warrant the complaint by Mrs Dean, which the Speaker is deciding on.

She said Mr Mallard threw a temper tantrum then tried to bully her, Mrs Dean and the police hierarchy, which there was no need for.