August 30, 2021
Parliament sitting assertion of white privilege
Te Pāti Māori says National and ACT’s refusal to agree to a virtual sitting of Parliament reeks of white privilege.
Co-leader Debbie Ngarewa Packer says the party’s two MPs won’t be in Wellington for this week’s session.
That's in line with advice from the Director General of Health that MPs should not be in a large indoor gathering for an extended period of time, nor should they travel inter-regionally to do so, while the Covid-19 risk to New Zealand remains high.
She says National and ACT are disregarding expert advice for the sake of egos and politicking.
She says there is no reason MPs cannot conduct parliamentary business via Zoom.
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