There were of course political considerations at play here, although interestingly, no-one objected to leave being given to Dr Norman. His motion denounced discrimination on the grounds of ethnicity or religious belief. Given yesterday's events, it was a timely intervention by Russel Norman.
It does make you wonder though; how could a coalition EVER be cobbled together that included both the Greens and NZ First? And all the while, Russel Norman looks far more assured as the leading opposition politician than any Labour member.