This doesn’t happen every day.
(Update – Transcript of Speaker’s ruling: Maritime NZ Referred to Privileges Committee [PDF 56kb] – Parliament today.)
I remember the last time this Standing Order was breached. TVNZ was held to have taken action to ‘disadvantage’ its employee Ian Fraser in response to his testimony to a select commmittee.
This new case appears to be an allegation (with substance, judging by the Speaker’s ruling/referral) that a state agency has acted inappropriately against a private sector person in response to her testimony to the Regulations Review Committee — not a select committee to be trifled with at the best of times. Even less so the Privileges Committee.
It will be interesting to follow this case. I’ll keep an eye on this.