Microphone Problems Plague MPs

by Desk Editor on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 — 8:14 PM

Microphone problem plagued MPs on Tuesday evening as they debated the state of the Crown’s finances.

The four hour set piece debate on the Financial Statements of the Government and financial performance of departments and other Crown entities got off to a rocky start after MPs held an urgent debate on the Auditor-General’s report into the state of the biosecurity system.

With the microphone and sound system undergoing yet another meltdown since it upgraded.

Green co-leader Russel Norman attacked the Government’s planned asset sales and joked National MPs would like the sound to be turned off as they did not like the story he was telling.

National MP Paul Goldsmith replied to Norman’s argument, but it was difficult to hear him as he attempted to use a handheld microphone.

Later David Parker was asked to try and use the Leader of the Opposition’s microphone which was thought to be working. However it wasn’t and Parker joked that taking that position was just not meant to be.

The microphone problem was not fixed by the time the House rose shortly before 10pm interupting the debate.

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