Key went on a tirade after being questioned by Labour leader Andrew Little, telling Little “you back the rapists” , before being cut off by the Speaker, David Carter.
“Some of the [detainees] are rapists, some of them are child molesters, and some of them are murderers,” Key said. “These are the people that the Labour party are saying are more important to support than New Zealanders who deserve protecting when they come back here.”
Key told Labour MP Kelvin Davis, who has said the detentions make a mockery” of the Anzac relationship: “If you want to put yourself on the side of sex offenders, go ahead my son, but we’ll defend New Zealanders.”Isn’t it great to have someone who stands up for women’s and children’s rights, ladies?
On Wednesday, Green party co-leader Metiria Turei told the Speaker that as a survivor of sexual violence she was deeply offended by Key’s remarks: “As the victim of a sexual assault, I take personal offence at the prime minister’s comments, and ask that you require him to withdraw and apologise.”I…
I … ummm… what?
Her comments were echoed by Green MP Catherine Delahunty, who was told by the Speaker to stop and sit back down. When other female MPS, including Labour’s Nanaia Mahuta, Clare Curran and Megan Woods, along with Green MP Marama Davidson repeated the call for Key to apologise with reference to their own assaults, Carter ordered them to stop, saying they were “flouting the rules” by claiming to make points of order.And so light the blue touchpaper and stand well back, Mr Speaker!
Despite the warning, MPs continued to stand to urge the Speaker to take action. Green MP Marama Davidson was then thrown out of the House, followed by Poto Williams. At least eight others then chose to leave the debating chamber. They were joined by four male MPs, including Greens co-leader James Shaw, and are demanding Key apologise for his comments.What on earth was this all about?
Delahunty said the MPs had walked out on behalf of women around New Zealand.Really? What, the women of New Zealand just can’t wait to have all these rapists & child molesters back?
“We’ve walked out because every woman in this country needs to know that women parliamentarians will not put up with this,” she said. “We will not stand by and allow this to be bandied around parliament – this kind of abuse of people and way of approaching rape is simply unacceptable, and the prime minister has to be held to account.”Gosh! I thought the best ‘way of approaching rape’ was to lock up rapists. But what do I know..?