November 11, 2015
PM flapping in the wind over detainee abuse
Labour MP Kelvin Davis says the Prime Minister is getting rattled over the negative response to his stance on New Zealanders in Australian detention centres.
John Key yesterday accused Labour of standing up for rapists and murderers by calling for the government to check on the welfare of detainees awaiting deportation.
Australian Federal Police and Border Force officers yesterday regained control of the centre on Christmas Island where a riot broke out on Sunday.
Mr Daves was shouldered aside by Mr Key's bodyguards when he confronted the Prime Minister in the corridor as he was entering the chamber.
He says the Maori way is kanohi ki kahohi and he wanted to tell Mr Key to his face he was being gutless by refusing to confront the Australians over detainees' human rights.
"He was obviously rattled which is why he got quite shrill in the house and his lips were flapping in the wind. Right now he's backtracking, saying he doesn't know how many murderers and rapists there are. It was all just a big stunt from the Prime Minister because he is on the back foot becuase of his lack of action, his lack of leadership around the abuses that have been going on," Mr Davis says.
He says John Key should realise that brutalising detainees is not the way to ensure their reintegration with society once they are deported to New Zealand.
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