Iain Lees-Galloway

Always Czech with your mother

Iain Lees-Galloway. Minister for forgetting what tweets he sent while in Opposition!

Clearly, the Sroubek saga has a few instalments still to run before we reach the final episode. This from the Hansard recording of Question 11 in the House on Tuesday:  Quote.

Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE (National) to the Minister of Immigration: What progress, if any, has been made with the currently suspended Parent Category visa, which was temporarily closed to new applications in 2016?

Hon IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY (Minister of Immigration): I am currently considering advice from officials on the timing and conditions under which the category may be reopened and queued applications selected for assessment.

Hon Michael Woodhouse: Was Mila Srobkova, a recent arrival from the Czech Republic and mother of Karel Sroubek, granted a parent category visa on arrival?
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Labour breaches standing orders while hounding billionaire

Labour are on a witch hunt over Peter Thiel’s kiwi citizenship, proving once again how utterly stupid they are…do they not want people coming to live in NZ?

Or perhaps Iain Lees-Galloway thinks that Thiel is chinky sounding surname.

The news that billionaire investor and Trump supporter Peter Thiel has acquired New Zealand citizenship has triggered questions in Parliament.

The surprising news of Thiel’s Kiwi citizenship, first broken by the Herald yesterday, has drawn international attention with the New York Times, Mashable and Gizmodo noting the development.

Labour Party immigration spokesman Ian Lees-Galloway said the revelation – that Thiel’s 2015 purchase of a 193 hectare estate on Lake Wanaka didn’t require Overseas Investment Office approval because the buyer was a citizen – raised more questions than it answered.   Read more »

Gutless Labour continues to grandstand over euthanasia

The Labour party have no credibility when it comes to euthanasia. Maryan Street’s bill was removed from the ballot because David Cunliffe didn’t want an election distraction from their involvement in Dirty Politics. In the end, they could have used that distraction.

Then they removed Iain Lees-Galloway’s bill for the same reasons, ordered by Andrew Little.

So colour me surprised that they bare still grandstanding over euthanasia when their leadership and their party have shown they are abject cowards when it comes to the issue.

Labour MP Louisa Wall says her proposed law change to legalise assisted dying in New Zealand will not go into the private member’s bill ballot.   Read more »

John Key shows how heartless he is, says government won’t legalise euthanasia

John Key is often described as heartless by the left-wing, and today he has proven it, by stating his government won’t lift a finger to legalise euthanasia.

There is zero chance of Government introducing legislation to legalise euthanasia even if an inquiry strongly recommends it, Prime Minister John Key says.

A select committee is part-way through a major inquiry on public attitudes to euthanasia in New Zealand, which is considering more than 20,000 public submissions and holding hearings around the country.

Key said today that regardless of the committee’s conclusions and the level of public support, the Government would not propose a change.

“There is no chance of it being a Government bill,” Key told reporters at Parliament this morning.

Key said he personally supported euthanasia. He would not take the step himself, but he believed others should be able to.

However, there was strong opposition to it within the National caucus, he said.

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Labour has no right to discuss euthanasia after their abject cowardice on the topic

The Labour party passed a remit on the weekend looking at legalising euthanasia.

Michadel Cullen had a hand in it:

Cullen played a part in a remit in support of euthanasia which was passed by the conference. He had proposed an amendment to acknowledge there were differing views on it among members to make them more comfortable about supporting it.

Cullen – whose previous Labour roles have included Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Attorney-General – said he personally supported euthanasia.

He said he was already being kept alive by medical science, courtesy of a pacemaker installed two years ago. However, if he lost his mental or physical functions he supported the right to choose to die.

“My own personal position is that if it was me, I don’t want to get to the state where my mind deteriorated to the point where I might actually support the National Party. In other words, I’ve forgotten who I am and what I am.”

To my mind, Labour has no right to discuss euthanasia considering they have shown abject cowardice on this topic.   Read more »

Is Andrew going to cancel all undercover operations on his first day as Prime Minister?

It would seem that Andrew Little is going to cancel all undercover police operations on his first day as Prime Minister?

That will, of course, be in 10 years time, but it certainly seems that way from his latest pronouncement.

It would be frightening if police had used a parliamentary inquiry into euthanasia as the basis for setting up a “dodgy” breath testing checkpoint to identify euthanasia supporters, Labour leader Andrew Little says.

Questions are still being raised about what prompted police to set up the checkpoint near an Exit International meeting last month as part of their investigation into a suspected euthanasia death.

Act Party leader David Seymour opened Question Time in parliament on Tuesday with the issue, asking Police Minister Judith Collins if the public were right to be concerned about police using roadside breath testing to collect personal information for unrelated investigations.

“Does the minister believe it is a good use of police officers to interrogate law-abiding people at a peaceful meeting of an advocacy group, given an 18 per cent increase in burglaries reported this week?” he asked.

Ms Collins said she couldn’t comment because the matter was being investigated by the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

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Labour MP forced to apologise to Talleys, that must have hurt

Iain Lees-Galloway is quick to rush out the press releases, but it seems he is less discerning about the information he imparts than he is about facilitating relations with parliament’s stenographers.

This time, he got smacked up and presumably some lawyers letters ensued.

Iain Lees-Galloway has (sort of) apologised.

Labour’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway has been advised by AFFCO Ltd that AFFCO is not advertising for staff in the Manawatu through MSD as stated in a press statement released earlier today.

“I have been advised by AFFCO that the advertisement referred to was not placed by them. I accept their word on this and apologise for the error. I stand by my wider comments concerning Talley’s poor treatment of its workers,” says Iain Lees-Galloway.

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What were Labour about again? Oh yeah, Positive. And definitely nothing “dirty”

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The Prime Minister has accused Labour of running a smear campaign against Bill English after releasing a “doctored” recording of him calling some Kiwi workers “hopeless”.

Labour’s workplace relations spokesman Iain Lees-Galloway yesterday released a recording from a public Federated Farmers meeting on Friday which was also attended by several journalists.

In that recording, the Finance Minister said some workers, especially ones needed to work in the dairy industry were “pretty damned hopeless” and “don’t look to be employable”.

Mr English has stood by the claim, saying it was a “realistic description” of the situation, which is echoed by employers around the country. Read more »

He should stick to fostering relations with stenographers

Iain Lees-Galloway deployed an interesting trick in parliament yesterday as he used Grant Robertson to cover his tracks in the primary question then followed up with supplementary questions attacking Bill English.

Bill English refused to back down and painted an altogether different picture than the grandstanding of Iain Lees-Galloway.

You could tell it was a planned hit job because the Media party dutifully climbed in straight away.    Read more »

Sledge of the Day

Not from parliament, but from Facebook where Manawatu Standard columnist Liam Hehir schools Iain Lees-Galloway

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