January 22, 2014
Australia’s speaker given front row seat
Being a Bishop may have counted for more than being a woman at parliament today, with Australia's Speaker ending up in the front row of a powhiri this morning.
Bronwyn Bishop was among a group of 250 officials from more than 60 commonwealth countries attending the Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers.
Speaker David Carter is conducting a review of parliament's use of Maori protocols in light of a similar incident last year.
Conference organisers had planned to have only men in front of the paepae, and a separate row alongside them in which women could sit.
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