It was destined to be a chaotic day at Parliament after Speaker Trevor Mallard said he believed a rapist was working there.

It ended more in confusion than chaos when it was not immediately clear whether the alleged offender or alleged victim had identified himself or herself to Parliamentary Service, the staff employer.

But despite Mallard's less than perfect communications, he has gone some way to bring the parliamentary complex into the 21st century in a relatively short time.


Mallard created turmoil by giving his honest interpretation of the Debbie Francis report he had commissioned, "Bullying and Harassment in