Maggie Barry standing orders

by Toby Manhire / 26 July, 2012
National MP's suggestion that rival unqualified to comment because she doesn't have children gives, um, birth to hashtag on Twitter.

The Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months Paid Leave) Amendment Bill passed its first reading by the narrowest of margins - 61 votes to 60 - last night.

Among a number of impassioned exchanges across the house over Sue Moroney's bill, former broadcaster Maggie Barry turned National MP shoved her pitchfork deepest in the soil.

During the debate in parliament, the flame-haired member for North Shore questioned Labour list MP Jacinda Ardern's qualifications for commenting on the bill, given that she has no children.

You can watch the speech by Ardern - who turns 32 today - here.

Along the way, Barry also called Ardern "petal".

Her remarks triggered a flurry of outrage - mostly from Labour MPs - on Twitter.

And this morning the Twitter response coalesced under the hashtag #maggiebarrystandingorders.

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