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Lithuanian Prime Minister puts Maori next to Kangaroos

August 18 2011

Lithuanian Prime Minister puts Maori next to Kangaroos

In mid August a scandal bursted in Lithuania: on the background of massive cuts of social spending, Vice-Chancellor of the Prime Minister Giedrius Kazakevičius went on an extremely expensive trip to New Zealand “to pick good practice of the public administration reforms”.

Now it has taken a new turn. Lithuanian Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius, back from vacations, found it difficult to explain, what inappreciable experience could have been picked during a few days visit, but commenting his subordinate’s misconduct to Žinių radijas radio channel on August 18, he said as follows: “For many people New Zealand, of cause, may look such a fancy country inhabited with Maori, kangaroos and others,” yet it was a successive public administration reform, which “turned New Zealand not only into a land of Maori and kangaroos, but also into one of the most successful modern economies and a state of modern administration”., website of the Lithuanian Ethnical Culture Society, condemns such racist attitudes of the Prime Minister and stresses that Maori, New Zealand’s indigenous people preserving unique ethnical culture, should not be spoken of as some kind of kangaroos, which, by the way, live in Australia, not in New Zealand.

Tomas Baranauskas, Editor

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Based on interview


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