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.
Some of the MPs who have walked out of Parliament over Key's disgraceful comments & the Speaker's ruling pic.twitter.com/6ze6b0G75R 
— Gareth Hughes (@GarethMP) November 11, 2015 
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.
"If you wonder why sexual assault victims don’t speak up, just note how Speaker Carter dismissed those who did": https://t.co/ngrraY6HoI 
— David Farrier (@davidfarrier) November 11, 2015 
— Russell Brown (@publicaddress) November 11, 2015 
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.
John Key won't be in House today, nor next week.Convenient. Wherever he is today, will journos ask him why he lied? https://t.co/6PjebRNAPc 
— Grant Robertson (@grantrobertson1) November 11, 2015 
The SpinOff: Complete video and transcript of question time 
Bryan Gould: Does John Key think he can get away with anything?