13 May 2021

Rowdy Parliament debate Rawiri Waititi ejected from the house

From Morning Report, 7:09 am on 13 May 2021

The latest blow up over race relations in Parliament has raised the question - can MPs call each other racist in the House?

Speaker Trevor Mallard says no, but MPs can describe policies and even views as racist.

Tempers flared yesterday as National continued its questioning of the Government about its plans for partnership with Māori .

Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi was ejected after repeatedly challenging National's tone.

Political Editor Jane Patterson filed this report.