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NZ First MP Ron Mark has been accused of delivering “a borderline racial diatribe” in Parliament after suggesting National’s Melissa Lee should go back to Korea.

Ms Lee said during the first reading debate on the Easter trading Bill that when she came to New Zealand 30 years ago she had been surprised to discover shops closed at 5pm.

“That was really, really surprising… in other cities they opened till 10 or midnight, or 24/7,” Mr Lee said last night.

Mr Mark said he had a message for her: “If you don’t like New Zealand, go back to Korea.”

He also drew National’s Kanwil Bakshi into the debate, though Mr Bakshi had not spoken, saying there were numerous religious holidays in India when no one worked.

“Don’t come into this house preaching and telling New Zealanders to grow up; don’t give us the condescending rhetoric,” Mr Mark said.

Maori Party MP Marama Fox said listening to Mr Mark had been an embarrassment.

“I didn’t intend to speak until I heard Ron Mark deliver a borderline racial diatribe about members of this house,” Ms Fox said.

“They come here because they have been voted in, they are New Zealand citizens… I couldn’t sit here and listen to that sort of drivel and not say my piece.”  ….

NZ First’s deputy leader Ron Mark has again been ordered out of Parliament’s debating chamber after clashing with Speaker David Carter.

It’s the third time in recent weeks and he’s becoming a serial offender.

This time Mr Carter lost patience with Mr Mark for questioning his rulings and continuing to interject after he had been told to sit down

Well now.  Being outrageous and repeatedly clashing with the Speaker of the House.   Could it be that Ron Mark is trying to build name recognition in the same style as his boss?

– NZN via 3 News

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