Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: act, Carmel, Garrett, labour, law firm, lewd, MP, racist, Rodney Hide, Sepuloni, sexist, three strikes, Tonga
In regards to lewd comments he had made about a female worker Garrett was reported as saying:
“I’m on a very steep learning curve, I now understand very clearly that the kind of thing that might have been okay in a law firm in Tonga is not okay in Parliament.”
Mr Garrett said he “very much” regretted the remarks.
In a bid to excuse his behaviour he seems to have put his foot in it again by suggesting lewd comments about workers were acceptable in a Tongan law firm.
What was supposed to pass as an acceptable excuse for his ‘understandable’ mistake was quickly realised by Labour list MP Carmel Sepuloni who thinks Garrett should apologise to the Tongan community.
In the article linked above, Ms Sepuloni says “Choosing to make a gross and racial generalisation about sexual harassment being normative in Tonga to defend his own misconduct is not only unwise but also disrespectful. As the pin-up boy for the ‘Three Strikes and You’re Out’ policy, I do find it ironic that he is so quick to blame his unprofessional conduct on his past experiences – working on oil rigs and time spent in Tonga.
Mr Hide said “It is a learning experience in becoming an MP. I said it is good he can learn quickly – because he has to.”
Hope he learns quick, because its one more strike and out, right?