Chris Hipkins talks 'shambolic' Parliamentary opening

08/11/2017

National has shown its tactics early on, by making things extremely difficult for Labour to gets its Speaker appointed in Parliament on Tuesday.

The challenge came during the official opening of Parliament, when National's Simon Bridges questioned whether the Government had the numbers to elect its own Speaker - Trevor Mallard.

After some delay, a deal was struck between Labour's whip Chris Hipkins and Mr Bridges and Mr Mallard was elected as Speaker unopposed.

Leader of the House Chris Hipkins appeared on the AM Show on Wednesday and says he didn't expect the possibility of having to use the Government's majority to force the issue.

It's not a good look for the whole Parliament, it is a bit embarrassing.

Watch the full interview with Chris Hipkins above. 

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