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John Key should apologise over his Government’s failures

22 July 2014

John Key should apologise over his Government’s failures

John Key should apologise to Tania Billingsley for the failures of his Government in relation to her case, said the Green Party today.

In his post Cabinet media conference yesterday, the Prime Minister stated that he does not ‘make apologies unless there is a serious reason’.

“There can only be two definitions of serious in John Key’s statement - firstly he does not think the alleged assault itself was serious or secondly the Government’s failure to deal with the assault wasn’t serious enough to warrant an apology,” Green Party women’s spokesperson Jan Logie said today.

“John Key needs to clarify, which aspect of this whole saga does he think is not serious?

“The reality of it is, there was an error made by his Minister and by his Government, and he is ultimately responsible as Prime Minister.

“John Key should apologise for the serious failure of his Government.

“By his own admission, he knew about the incident and he failed to ensure that his Government was taking appropriate action.

“The Green Party believes this is a serious incident and a serious failure by John Key’s Government.

“Ms Billingsley is owed an apology for the way her case has been and is being handled. Saying this is not serious enough is compounding the damage done,” said Ms Logie.

ENDS

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