The Prime Minister now needs to sack Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway over his careless decision to allow a drug dealing gang associate to remain in New Zealand without even reading all the information available to him, National Party Leader Simon Bridges says.
“Either Mr Lees-Galloway has misled the Prime Minister or she’s misled New Zealanders.
“The Immigration Minister has claimed he carefully considered all the relevant information before allowing Karel Sroubek to stay in New Zealand.
“The Prime Minister has defended that decision for the past two weeks, telling New Zealanders it was a ‘difficult decision’ but that she had been assured by Mr Lees-Galloway he had given it ‘careful consideration’.
“We now know he hadn’t.
“After two weeks Mr Lees-Galloway has now admitted he didn’t read the full file, didn’t consider all the relevant information and that he made a decision in less than an hour.
“That’s not careful consideration of what was a dangerous decision and it is not acceptable due diligence from a senior Cabinet Minister.
“Mr Lees-Galloway’s credibility is now shot. The Prime Minister cannot expect the public to have confidence in any of his decisions given his careless approach to Mr Sroubek’s residency.
“The Prime Minister now has no choice but to sack Mr Lees-Galloway from Cabinet immediately.”