11 May 2016

Today In Parliament for 11 May 2016 - evening edition

From In Parliament, 6:50 pm on 11 May 2016

John Key becomes the first prime minister to be thrown out of the debating chamber since Margaret Wilson ordered Helen Clark to leave in June 2005. Mister Key got carried away when answering questions about the Panama Papers after refusing to apologise for revealing that they contained the names of Greenpeace and Amnesty International. His departure leaves a question from New Zealand First unanswered and the leader of the House, Gerry Brownlee, declines to put up another minister. The Speaker, David Carter, reminds him of the purpose of Question Time and says his actions will be judged by the public. Deputy prime minister, Bill English, breaks ranks and rises to answer the question which, like the others, required the prime minister to stand by his answers to yesterday's questions about the Panama Papers.