Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Wong snubbed by Government Again


Wong snubbed by Government Again

National Party Leader Bill English says the Labour Government has snubbed the country’s only Chinese-born MP - again.

“As the country’s first Asian MP and only Chinese born MP, I’m offended that Pansy Wong wasn’t formally invited to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship with China,” says Mr English.


“But to make it worse, it’s the latest in a series of slurs the Labour Government’s directed her way.

“Earlier this month the Immigration Minister’s husband singled her out at a public meeting saying this country didn’t need “my sort.”

“Then during a National Party visit to China in October, the New Zealand Embassy there was instructed not to host us,” he says.

“And to add insult to injury, it’s the second time Helen Clark’s excluded Pansy from a "Chinese" function, the first time was the "Chinese apology" cocktail party in February after she’d attacked her for consultation failures.

“It’s not surprising given this extreme lack of sensitivity that the Chinese community feel let down by the Government.

“They believe the Government should have done more to celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations,” according to Mr English.

“Combine all this with the recent decision to beef up the English skills test for migrants and there’s a sorry picture emerging, one that the Chinese community can’t afford not to notice.

“Given this continuing attack on an MP who’s highly regarded for her achievements, I’m turning down Helen Clark’s invitation to attend tonight’s function.

“It’s not the relationship with China I’m boycotting, it’s the Labour Government,” says Mr English.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news