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Peter Brown's comments disgraceful

Media statement Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Peter Brown's comments disgraceful

Comments by New Zealand First MP Peter Brown are racial stereotyping of the worst sort, says Alasdair Thompson, chief executive of the Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern).

"It was post war migrants like Mr Brown who brought here the bigotry of the British class system and a rabid form of unionism," Mr Thompson said.

"Mr Brown should stop being hypocritical.

"A sixth of the staff in our organization, EMA, are Asian and without exception they are highly skilled and valuable people.

"I've got nothing but praise for the contribution they make.

"I'm certain the same thinking applies in the great majority of businesses throughout New Zealand.

"We need our newer migrants. We don't need Mr Brown's racism."

ENDS

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