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New Zealand's Speaker Babysits During Parliament Debate

Mark Linehan
Mark Linehan

12:53 PM - 22 Aug 2019



What a legend.

He's more used to babysitting rowdy MPs, but the Speaker of the New Zealand parliament got one for real!

During an intense debate, Trevor Mallard called for order while feeding a baby his bottle.

The six-week-old son of MP Tamati Coffey and his husband was being cuddled by his father in the debating chamber when the speaker offered to hold him instead and Daddy duly obliged.

Is it about time we saw some little people in The Dail? They might make better decisions lads!

Look at the little baba!!! So CUUUUUTE!!!

“There are times when I can be vaguely useful,” he said adding that “I’ve found that it adds to the positive atmosphere of the workplace and provides a boost to morale.”

The Speaker relaxed rules in 2017 to make parliament more child-friendly.

Fair play to him. Sometimes parents have no option but to bring the kids. And we’ve had plenty in the TodayFM offices!



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