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Source: New Zealand Parliament – Hansard

Hon GERRY BROWNLEE (National—Ilam): I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. Perhaps you might consider locating more of the disinfectant materials around the Chamber. I think there are three stations in the Chamber.

SPEAKER: I’ll be happy to replace the one that was behind the Leader of the Opposition and taken away by his members yesterday.

Hon Members: It’s still there.

Hon Gerry Brownlee: Oh, it’s still here. Sorry—I hadn’t seen it there. So there’s four—that’s right—except that—

SPEAKER: There’s one in each quadrant.

Hon Gerry Brownlee: Yes, I know. But it requires significant movement, which I’m sure you’d be upset about. And quite often—

SPEAKER: I’m very happy to—

Hon Gerry Brownlee: —the proximity is closer than a metre.

SPEAKER: Order! The member will resume his seat. I will be happy to double the numbers in order to save the members moving 3 or 4 metres.

Hon GERRY BROWNLEE (National—Ilam): I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. That is a completely disingenuous comment from you and quite unnecessary. The reality is that we are seeing people wondering in this Chamber in a closer proximity than 2 metres of the other. The most senior member in the Chamber left today and had a conversation within about a metre of another person inside the Chamber. Similarly, when the second most senior member left the Chamber, a similar exchange occurred. Now, either we’re doing it properly or not at all. And having more opportunity to wipe down—

SPEAKER: Order! The member will resume his seat. We’ve had enough. We’re not going to have an inquiry into it. And the second most senior member in the Chamber hasn’t left yet.

MIL OSI