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The Speaker of the House is familiar with putting errant parliamentarians in their place during Question Time but last week he was on the receiving end of challenging and well-researched questions fired off by Waimakariri students.

Rt Hon David Carter was in Waimakariri for a combined schools’ event on Friday 3 June that was hosted by Kaiapoi High School and facilitated by Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey.

“It was great to be able to encourage our students to think about New Zealand’s Parliamentary processes and our democracy, and there was no better way I could think of to do this than inviting the Speaker to Waimakariri for an informal forum with students from each of our secondary schools,” Doocey said.

Doocey said he planned the event to follow Youth Week in the last week of May and ahead of the Canterbury Youth Awards later this month, as part of an ongoing focus on the youth of Waimakariri electorate.

“There were some really good questions in what was an interesting and robust discussion.  And, of course, a highlight was hearing from the Speaker how he ejected the Prime Minister from the House. I think they all enjoyed that,” Doocey said.

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