Prospective immigration minister could lose portfolio over remarks

- Posted in New Zealand by Visa Bureauon 05 November 2008

National Party leader John Key rebuked the comments from his senior MP stating "I think it's totally appropriate to apologise." 

Anger and disappointment at the remarks was almost universal from the other main parties vying for seats.  Current Prime Minister Helen Clarke described the statements as ridiculous, saying "It's not what you would expect of a senior MP. I don't think he engaged brain before mouth."

Even more alarming for the National Party came scorn from the Maroi Party.  Maori leader Tariana Turia dubbed the statements as racist, stating that it could affect the relationship between the Maori Party and the National Party in the future. The Maori party may hold a balance-of-power position if it wins enough seats, and was considering supporting a National Party-led coalition government.

New Zealand political analysis expect that the statements could cost Lockwood Smith a cabinet position and force an apology from the Nationals.


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Article by Editorial Staff, New Zealand Visa Bureau.