Banks's comments racist and offensive: Labour
Racist comments by National MP
and talkback host John Banks on his radio show this morning
are offensive and should not be tolerated, says Labour
ethnic affairs spokesperson Mark Gosche.
Mr Gosche said he
would be referring the comments to the race relations'
"Whilst we can all be concerned about the
prospect of Chinese boat people landing in New Zealand
illegally, Mr Banks has a responsibility as a Member of
Parliament to rise above this small-minded and crude attempt
"He treats a serious issue with disdain and
does it in an unacceptable manner.
"I believe he owes an
apology to all Chinese people here in New Zealand for his
ill-considered and racist remarks," Mr Gosche
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