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Labour's Macho Men Strike Back - Well, Sort Of

Labour's Macho Men Strike Back - Well, Sort Of

Friday 30 Jul 2004 Heather Roy Press Releases -- Other

It's official: Minister's Trevor Mallard and John Tamihere have declared that it is perfectly acceptable to be a red-blooded, white, middle-class, heterosexual male, ACT New Zealand Women's Affairs Spokesman Heather Roy said today.

"It must be okay - the Ministers' recent speeches, and resulting media attention, have Prime Minister Helen Clark's fingerprints all over them. And, only today, Miss Clark went on the record and endorsed what her Minister's were saying," Mrs Roy said.

"This is Labour in damage control. The New Zealand public is fed up: fed up with special treatment for Maori and Treaty of Waitangi interpretation, and fed up with political correctness. Kiwis are fed up in general, and they're saying so.

"Labour, the polling Party, knows it's in trouble. And, so, out of the closet - so to speak - complete with bloxing gloves, have come Minister's Mallard and Tamihere to sort it all out. But it won't work - because there are still some things Labour will not do.

"The Ministers' messages might have had some teeth had Mr Tamihere given a `Treaty does not confer special treatment of Maori' speech, or and Mr Mallard announced that `Blokes are okay with us'. Unfortunately, however, their damage control efforts are hindered by Labour's hankering for the Maori and feminist votes.

"Despite the brave efforts of these two Government `warriors', the fact remains that the Labour leopard has not changed its spots. Actions speak louder than words - as always with this Government, we hear the words, but get no action," Mrs Roy said.


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