In relation to another question of mine, New Zealand Green Party MP said that

"Today I have learnt that responding succinctly and in perfect jest to somebody heckling you about your age as you speak about the impact of climate change on your generation with the literal title of their generation makes some people very mad," she wrote. "So I guess millennials ruined humour. That, or we just need to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and abstain from avocados."

"That’s the joke," she added.

So Swarbrick seems to be saying in her defence that she was being heckled for her age by the other MP. Alas, his [I presume] voice is inaudible in the video recording. Is it known however from any other source what he said to Swarbrick right before she retorted?

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Apparently the exchange went like this

Swarbrick had been talking about how for decades world leaders have "known what is coming but have decided that it is more politically expedient to keep it behind closed doors".

The 25-year-old MP said her generation and the generations after "do not have that luxury".

"In the year 2050 I will be 56 years old, yet right now, the average age of this 52nd Parliament is 49 years old."

The unnamed heckler said "that's impossible".

"OK, Boomer," Swarbrick replied [...]

According to another source (which confirms the line) the intervening MP was

reportedly National's Todd Muller, although Hansard did not record the MP's identity.


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