First Question Time: David Seymour finds an unexpected friend

The first Question Time session kicked off with character, with David Seymour finding an unlikely friend in the Labour Party and Kelvin Davis as acting Prime Minister wading through relatively unscathed.

On his first day as Speaker, Mr Mallard kept the place in order with good humour.

There were jabs, but not the same level of acrimony and disruption seen earlier this week.

Mr Mallard's new job as Speaker is to keep order and allow MPs to speak. In his first minutes as Speaker he penalised Labour twice for interjecting during a question from the Opposition.

When David Seymour tried to ask a extra question - he was only allowed one because of the one-person size of his party - Mr Mallard stopped him.

Unless Mr Seymour was able to negotiate with a friend, he wouldn't get any more questions, Mr Mallard said, knowing full well ACT casts a lonely Mr Seymour-shaped silhouette in the chamber.

But lucky for Mr Seymour, an unusually sympathetic gift was offered. Labour's Chris Hipkins offered Mr Seymour one of Labour's supplementary.

"You find friends in the most unexpected places," Mr Seymour grinned as he grilled Labour on charter schools.

Later, when the speaker was questioned as to why he didn't penalise National for interrupting when Labour was trying to ask a question, Mr Mallard grappled with his Speakers gown as he rose to say: "As the Minister is aware, I am slightly deaf in my left ear, so I didn't hear any interjections." Great news for National, in its new spot next to that left ear.

But the best jibe of the afternoon came from Shane Jones, who has the uncanny ability to lurch out of the edge of slumber to deliver sharp lines.

He pointed across the Chamber to an interjecting Steven Joyce. "Mr Speaker, can you tell Slim Shady with the bald head to keep quiet?"

Shane Jones would later retract the comment and offer an apology to the music industry.

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