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POLL: Who NBR readers think Parliament's next Speaker should be

NBR ONLINE subscribers favour "Mr Sensible", Peter Dunne, to be Parliament's next speaker.

Speaker Lockwood Smith leaves to become High Commissioner in London later this year, but his replacement is yet to be confirmed.

In a poll conducted last week, subscribers were asked who should be speaker.

Revenue minister and United Future leader Peter Dunne got 34% of the vote, followed by Maurice Williamson (25%), David Carter (19%), Tau Henare (16%) and Anne Tolley (6%).

Mr Henare has already said he would be interested in the job if it was offered to him. 

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Well, whoever it is, I just hope that viewers of question time can be spared the interminable efforts by Lockwood to explain his decisions "ad nauseum" Instead, he allows them to be debated by the likes of Mallard and Peters. Both are notorious for raising invalid points of order - and get away with it time and time again. Well remember Jonathan Hunt brooking few attempts to trifle with the chair the way these two time-wasting idiots so successfully do.

Judith Collins,she seems an ideal candidate,Key would love to put her in that position I am sure."Crusher Speaker",has a nice ring to it,will keep them in line,in the house.Just the carrot she needs after ACC witch hunt.

Tau Henare knows how to bring Trevor Mallard to a stop. Wouldn't even need to move out into the corridor!

Peter Dunne has the right gravitas to fulfill the role.
And it would give him something to do at long last.
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