Is Tau Henare drunk when it comes to smoking?
There are not many moments in my life where I am absolutely astounded beyond the point of speech, brothers and sisters we have reached that moment.
This morning at the Inquiry into the determinants of the wellbeing for Maori children, the committee chair, Tau Henare, while listening to testimony from the Cancer Society on why smoke free environments were important for children, questioned their comments with claims that smoking during pregnancy WAS NOT dangerous to the child???
(Cue stunned moment now)
What was Tau's evidence to this jaw dropping assertion? He knew lots of Maori women who had smoked during pregnancy and all of their kids were fine. He said this in the bloody inquiry.
National spent the weekend berating Labour for living on another planet, well, I'm not sure what planet National live on, but apparently smoking during pregnancy isn't a health hazard there.
This claim can not be allowed to stand? Surely? Tau has to be reprimanded for such unscientific comments at an inquiry into the determinants of the wellbeing for Maori children, indeed don't those thoughts actually rule him out from being on the inquiry?
This isn't a 'left' or 'right' issue, this is undiluted ignorance that serves no one on the political spectrum.
If we are going to drug test beneficiaries, this case highlights why we should be breath testing MPs.