'Disgusting comments' in Parliament

TRACY WATKINS
Last updated 16:46 20/05/2014

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Open hostilities have erupted between independent MP Brendan Horan and his former boss after NZ First leader Winston Peters today referred to Horan as "Jimmy Savile". 

Peters twice made reference to Horan as Savile, the late BBC presenter accused of sex crimes against children.

The first reference followed Horan attempting to table NZ First board meeting minutes which he told Parliament "point to improper use of taxpayer money".

Peters responded: "This House should not be used in that way particularly by the Jimmy Savile of New Zealand politics."

His second reference followed Horan attempting to table a document in Parliament linking Peters to a racehorse.

Horan was denied permission to table the document, prompting Peters to say "Jimmy Savile needs to know better than that".

Horan demanded Peters withdraw and apologise for the remark and said he had taken offence at the "disgusting comments".

Speaker David Carter initially refused to take action and accused Horan of a "trifling" point of order.

But Carter did an about turn and ordered Peters to withdraw and apologise after Police Minister Anne Tolley intervened to complain that the remark was "really offensive".

Carter had initially said he "never heard anything that I thought was offensive".


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