The business committee is where important decisions about how the house is run are suggested to the house itself, and almost always come into effect.
The reason for the boycott, according to an unnamed stuff source was:
A senior National Party source, who wished not to be named, said Mallard should be well aware of National’s concern with the way question time has been run, which had led to them not attending.
Despite Gerry Brownlee saying that the meeting wasn’t compulsory, it looks fishy when the speakers office has no reason for their absence, and all of the National MPs on the select committee weren’t there.
I have no problem calling this a boycott.
National does themselves no favours with this.
First, it just looks plain petty, to boycott a meeting because of question time.
Second, all of a sudden the rest of the committee has a green light to pass things without National’s opposition.
Not a good look for National.