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Islamic communities `must clean house'

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/06/2017

Winston Peters has told parliament New Zealand's Islamic communities "must clean house" and it should start with their own families".

He was speaking on Tuesday after Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett had introduced a resolution condemning the terrorist attacks in Manchester and offering condolences to the families of the victims.

The NZ First leader said it was known that two of the perpetrators arrived in Britain as immigrants.

"Families, friends and confidantes are turning the other cheek rather than turning these people in," he said.

"Our Islamic communities must clean house by turning these monsters in and it starts with their own families."

Mr Peters said New Zealand must avoid the "politically correct stance" that allowed communities to form and stand apart.

"It is we who must change, they say, not them... we must halt the slide and lead as a country before we in this country see a repeat of these attacks."

Mr Peters was criticised by the next speaker, ACT leader David Seymour.

"There will have to be a more serious and wider debate about when and whether such an event can happen here," he said.

"And it will have to be a debate without naked political opportunism, as we have heard from New Zealand First."

United Future leader Peter Dunne, who has previously warned against racial intolerance, said there who those who would use bigotry and intolerance "for every opportunity they can get".

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