Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway imitates a dinosaur in Parliament

A Labour MP continuously shouted "Strike Force Raptor" during a speech in Parliament, referring to the National Party's proposed elite police force that would crackdown on gangs. 

The MP, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway, delivered a speech in which he compared Labour's achievements to National's - and it wasn't long before Lees-Galloway found himself imitating a dinosaur. 

"The National Party... what was their big announcement over the recess? Strike Force Raptor," Lees-Galloway said, before crouching down and growling, "Rah!"

"I want to know where this came from... I want to know what inspired [National leader] Simon Bridges to roll out Strike Force Raptor."

The National Party said in its law and order discussion document released last week that the proposed elite police force was based on New South Wales' Strike Force Raptor unit that targets biker gangs. 

Lees-Galloway joked that the idea was inspired by the science fiction Transformers franchise which began in the 1980s. The franchise includes an elite "Decepticon strike force" stationed on an alien planet. 

"He was going to his happy place when he was a wee lad, little Simon, sitting on the living room floor, watching Transformers," Lees-Galloway said in his speech. 

"He's watching Transformers and he saw the dino-bots on Transformers... they were a rogue strike force that would go out and beat up the Decepticon gang and go and cause lots of grief.

"But they had a tendency to attack their own, accidentally... And I have to say, that's what this policy has done to the National Party.

"This policy has bitten National in the bum, and if there's anything I've learned from Jurassic Park, it's that when a raptor bites you on the bum, it's probably terminal."

The proposed 'Strike Force Raptor' police unit has already sparked imaginative ideas online, with Twitter users last week posting an extravaganza of memes

Lees-Galloway didn't miss the opportunity to poke fun at National at the time, tweeting: "OK National, that's enough TV for you. Time for bed. You can finish watching Strike Force Raptor in the morning."

Bridges has defended the policy proposal, telling The AM Show last week New Zealand is "losing the war on gangs right now", and that the Australian taskforce had proven to be "remarkably successful".

The Australian task force was established following a bloody brawl inside Sydney Airport in 2009 involving the Hells Angels and the Comancheros - leading to several gang members being deported to New Zealand.

You can read National's law and order discussion document here

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