Source: New Zealand Parliament – Hansard
WEDNESDAY, 6 NOVEMBER 2019
The Speaker took the Chair at 2 p.m.
Congratulate Sikh Community—Leave Declined
KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI (National): I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. Thank you, Mr Speaker. I seek leave to move a motion without notice and debate to congratulate the Sikh community on the 550th birthday anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
SPEAKER: Sorry, can I just check that that has the normal whips’ approval—that it’s been around the House for agreement?
KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI: No.
SPEAKER: Has it been asked for and rejected?
KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI: Yes.
SPEAKER: I mean, I want to be very careful here, because it’s clearly a cultural issue for the member concerned, but we have well-established processes in this House, after a series of disorderly approaches of this type in the past. I can’t remember if it was in the time of my predecessor or the predecessor before that: the House came to an agreement that members who wished to seek to debate notices of motion would, before they sought approval, consult with the whips of other parties in order for it not to be put in a position like this.