MP banned for jersey protest

2011-06-07 10:47

Wellington - A New Zealand politician was ordered out of the national parliament on Tuesday over a protest in which she wore a Super Rugby jersey in the debating chamber.

VIDEO: Clare Curran ordered out of parliament

Labour lawmaker Clare Curran said she wore the Highlanders' traditional blue and yellow strip to show her opposition towards plans to change the team's colours to lime green.

Curran's action earned the ire of parliamentary speaker Lockwood Smith, who ruled that the top was inappropriate because it was not business attire and she could only return if she changed it.

"This house has certain dress standards," he told parliament.

Curran, who comes from the Highlanders' home town Dunedin, questioned the rules surrounding dress codes for female MPs before leaving, later describing her ejection as "an overreaction".

She said she wanted to highlight dissatisfaction in her electorate over the change to the Highlanders' colours.

"There's a lot of feeling in Dunedin about the changing of the brand," Curran told Fairfax Media.

Highlanders' officials last week said changing the blue and yellow colours employed since the team entered the southern hemisphere competition to green was to "represent the physical characteristics of the whole franchise region".

The new strip made an inauspicious debut last Friday, when the Highlanders lost 21-14 to the Western Force. That appearance was a one-off for this season but the Highlanders say it will it will be their permanent jersey next season.


  • StBad - 2011-06-07 11:19

    Maybe sentiment would've differed had they given the Force a thorough klap!

  • Dal2000 - 2011-06-07 11:21

    Anyone want a fizzer?

      Johan van Zyl - 2011-06-07 11:51


      Hannes van der Linde - 2011-06-07 12:48


  • GraemeBB - 2011-06-07 11:29

    Freaking ugly jersey - I also would have banned that MP!

  • Marcell - 2011-06-07 11:48

    Kan nie die verskil sien tussen die en die stompies trui nie. Na Saterdag gaan die ook groen wees, Pampoen Groen!

  • Black Beauty - 2011-06-07 12:10

    Defiance, Highlanders should have tackled the MP's, Jimmy Cowan should have down with a box kick and passed it onto Thompson and mauled the MP's. Politicians in suits or rugby jerseys in chamber, "we have standards!!!! rugby jerseys only. And the moral of this BS story is "NEVER MIX SPORTS WITH POLITICS"

  • chappy - 2011-06-07 16:18

    Of course it's inappropriate. In New Zealand nobody has sleeves on their t-shirts. Way too formal.

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