Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Peters Reminds Labour Of Immigration Pledge


Peters Reminds Labour Of Immigration Pledge

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has reminded Labour of its 1996 immigration policy in which it pledged to substantially reduce the flow of immigrants into this country.

Mr Peters today distributed a report of Annette King launching Labour’s immigration and ethnic affairs policy.

It stated that Labour would slow the influx of immigrants so communities could develop resources and programmes to help immigrants become part of New Zealand society.

“In 1996 Mrs King accused the then National government of having an ad hoc immigration policy which placed huge pressure on schools, hospitals and housing, particularly in Auckland.

“She said the influx had contributed to the worst state of intolerance and antagonism towards new immigrants in recent history.

“The previous year National had allowed 55,000 immigrant approvals and Labour pointed out only 28,976 would have been approved under its policy.”

Mr Peters said Labour had completed a backwards somersault and was now bringing in more immigrants than National.

“Is this total hypocrisy or what? Labour is now creating the pressure on schools, hospital and housing, particularly in Auckland.

“The difference now of course is that Labour is flooding the country with immigrants to get their votes and does not really care about the effects of its own ad hoc immigration policy on ordinary New Zealanders,” said Mr Peters.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>

 

Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election