Labour MP Clare Curran has been kicked out of Parliament for wearing a Highlanders Super Rugby jersey.
Curran appeared at Parliamentary questions this afternoon wearing the team’s old blue, gold and maroon kit in protest at the new lime green colour.
Speaker Lockwood Smith declared the jersey violated Parliament’s strict dress codes and ordered Curran to leave.
Labour colleague Trevor Mallard protested the decision.
I would have thought a rugby jersey was a pretty obvious “no” in terms of meeting the House dress code.
Personally I think the dress code should be relaxed so men do not have to have a tie and jacket, but even I would hestitate to suggest that rugby jersies should be acceptable in the House.
Her ejection from Parliament highlighted the lack of rules around what women should wear in the House, she said.
“I certainly never expected to be thrown out of the House for being a woman wearing a football shirt. I think it was an over reaction.”
She said she was surprised and would consider whether she would change and return to Parliament this afternoon.
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei left the House with Curran.
Turei later tweeted saying it was an example of sexism in Parliament continuing. “Has Ross Robertson ever been scolded for his sports team scarves let alone kicked out? No”
I hate it when people cry sexism mindlessly. And this is mindless.
I have absolutely no doubt that a male MP would be kicked out by Lockwood for wearing a rugby jersey in the House.
If anything, the rules are sexist against men. The dress code for men is far more proscriptive than for women MPs.Tags: Clare Curran, Lockwood Smith, Metiria Turei, Parliament, sexism