June 26, 2013
Peters takes serve at Devoy
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is challenging the new Race Relations Commissioner to read his speeches before commenting on them.
Dame Susan Devoy promised to keep an eye on what she describes as his tirade against Chinese immigration, which she says people were getting sick and tired of.
Mr Peters has been giving speeches around the country against what immigration policies he says are turning the country into a rest home for elderly Chinese as well as a haven for prostitution and crime linked to Asian gangs.
He says the announcement from Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse of measures to combat the exploitation of migrant workers shows he was right and Dame Susan should have held her tongue.
"What I was saying was I know hundreds of Asian women who are being so degraded in our country with no reaction from our police force, no reaction from our system, because they are being allowed to be abused by their own people. This is happening in my country. It needs to be stopped, and right on cue, three weeks after making all these bitter protests about what Winston Peters said, the Government is going to stop all this stuff," Mr Peters says.
He says New Zealand First had been prepared to give Dame Susan time to find her feet, but she should do her homework before responding to questions from journalists.
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