Paula Bennett has "demanded answers" from the Government during a fiery speech after Simon Bridges and Gerry Brownlee were kicked out of Parliament today.
National’s deputy leader wasn't holding back at the end of an eventful day in the House when she launched into a passionate speech, venting her party's frustrations about trying to hold the Government to account during Question Time.
"Well Mr Speaker, one might call this an extraordinary day or they may not, because it's just another day where we have had no answers from the Prime Minister whatsoever on serious issues that this Opposition is putting to the Government," Ms Bennett said emphatically.
"We do demand answers and we feel like we stand in this house day after day asking straight and direct questions and not getting them [answers] from the Government."
Earlier. National leader Mr Bridges and Shadow Leader of the House Mr Brownlee were kicked out of the debating chamber and then followed by colleagues in solidarity.
It came after Mr Bridges asked Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern if she was "ducking and diving" over the Karel Sroubek fiasco.
"Has she entirely washed her hands of anything to do with the Sroubek fiasco, and is she ducking and diving to get out of its way?
"Oh, here comes the protection," he said when Speaker Trevor Mallard stood up.
"No," said Mr Mallard, and asked Mr Bridges to leave.
"Struck a raw nerve," Mr Brownlee said.
Mr Brownlee was then asked to also leave.
A number of National MPs followed their senior colleagues, with Nikki Kaye, Matt Dosey, Nathan Guy, Michael Woodhouse and David Carter the only ones remaining to ask questions in the House.
Mr Bridges told media afterwards he said "here comes the protection" to Mr Mallard, which was the reason he was asked to leave the House.
Former Leader of the House David Carter asked Mr Mallard to reconsider his policy on deducting questions.
"Your action this week has not been helpful. The Opposition's job is to hold the Government to account."