Women MPs have revealed their history of sexual abuse in public for the first time to tell Prime Minister John Key that they were personally offended by his comments about rapists. In a chaotic day in Parliament MPs on the Opposition side revolted after Speaker David Carter ruled that Mr Key did not need to apologise for his remarks.
The Prime Minister remained defiant – pointing to newly released offence statistics to back his accusation that the Labour Party was supporting rapists murderers and other criminals on Christmas Island detention centre.
(ed:..and of course it has now been revealed that there are actually no ‘murderers’ or ‘rapists’ in detention on christmas island..
..key was just lying through his teeth..again/still..)
An estimated three-quarters of Labour MPs walked out of parliament directly after Key’s comments on Tuesday – along with several Green members.
Key told the house and New Zealand media that he stood by his comments.
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’.
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.