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Greens demand minister's resignation

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/09/2016

The Greens are demanding Louise Upston's resignation, saying the minister for women didn't condemn the Chiefs over the stripper incident and "effectively let them off the hook".

Ms Upston initially said it wouldn't be appropriate for her to comment when the stripper, Scarlette, first raised complaints about being roughly and improperly treated by Chiefs players at a "Mad Monday" party.

The minister then issued a statement saying it was "obviously disappointing" when sportspeople didn't uphold the high standards that were expected of them.

Green MP Jan Logie says that wasn't good enough.

"If she can't support women who are challenging a culture of violence, then she needs to stand down," Ms Logie told reporters.

"New Zealand women deserve a minister who gives a damn ... she could have made a specific statement, she could have supported Scarlette, but she chose to put out a generic statement that effectively let them off the hook."

Prime Minister John Key says the criticism is unfair and Ms Upston is doing a good job.

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