Six female politicians were kicked out of the New Zealand parliament yesterday for “flouting the rules,” after refusing to stop talking about their own sexual assaults.
New Zealand television TVNZ said MPs were debating what to do with the convicted criminals who are being detained on Christmas Island after Australia cancelled their visas.
Prime minister John Key accused his opposition of wanting to welcome back ‘rapists.’
“Some of the [detainees] are rapists, some of them are child molesters, and some of them are murderers,” he 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.”
But the Green Party’s Metiria Turei said, “As a victim of sexual assault, I take personal offense at the prime minister’s comments, and ask that you require him to withdraw and apologize.”
She was backed 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,’ they where ordered them to stop, with the Speaker saying they were “flouting the rules.”
‘Despite the warning, the women continued to speak until Carter had them removed from the House. At least eight others, including four men, joined them.’