Wellington Scoop

Silenced in the House

assaulted mps
Photo via Twitter from Katie Bradford

Extraordinary scenes in Parliament yesterday when a group of women MPs walked out of the debating chamber after the Speaker refused to allow them to question the Prime Minister about his shouted allegation that they were “backing rapists.”

And after they had walked out, each of the women MPs told their personal stories to TV3’s Story programme, explaining why the Prime Minister’s words were offensive to them because each had been a victim of sexual abuse.

The NZ Herald reported that the MPs said their treatment in Parliament – being cut off by the Speaker, thrown out or dismissed – reflected the treatment of abuse victims in New Zealand.

In its editorial this morning, the DomPost this morning rightly criticises the Prime Minister for his accusations about his critics backing rapists and murderers.

This is not just offensive and untrue. It demeans his office, and betrays his position as champion of New Zealanders’ rights…The core issue has now got lost in a dirty fog of rhetoric. The problem is a profoundly unfair Australian law which detains and deports people who might have relatively minor convictions. They are not all rapists and murderers. What’s more, they might have little or no connection with New Zealand.

The SpinOff: Complete video and transcript of question time

Bryan Gould: Does John Key think he can get away with anything?


  1. Curtis Nixon, 12. November 2015, 14:59

    Could be the straw that broke the camel’s back of middle New Zealand’s support for J.Key

  2. lindsay, 12. November 2015, 21:18

    Did I miss the Prime Minister’s apology to the MPs? Well, no. It seems there won’t be any apology. The NZ Herald reports:

    Prime Minister John Key says he does not need to apologise to women MPs about his comments on rape because he is a strong advocate for victims of crime….”The comments and abuse that’s been hurled at me, not a single one of those has been about a victim or alternatively about New Zealanders.”.

    He must have mis-heard every one of the women. Or perhaps he wasn’t listening to any of them.

  3. Sonya Ash Pryor, 13. November 2015, 16:59

    Telling the truth is a crime in NZ and corruption rules. No corruption in NZ. We dont use that word.

  4. Mark, 13. November 2015, 20:52

    Poor John – it’s HE that is the victim in the whole story, don’t you know, those MP wimmin were clearly all lying through their teeth about being victims of rape and violence, and they’re probably not New Zealanders anyway, and besides, everyone knows that Captain Teflon John NEVER makes mistakes. Not for ponytails. Not for illegal troop deployments. Not for “false flag” operations. Not for Australia-resident detainees. Not for condescendingly insulting comments. And certainly not for “lefties” who claim to be offended about being labelled rape supporters when they are bonafide rape victims.