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


Where Do These Refugees Fit In? Asks Peters

Where Do These Refugees Fit In? Asks Peters

New Zealand First wants the Government to explain which category it is using to bring in another 150 refugees when there are already hundreds of people in the country seeking such status.

The Government is taking in the 150 Iraqi and Afghan refugees from Nauru and Manus Island as part of New Zealand’s annual quota of 750 refugees.

Rt Hon Winston Peters pointed out today that there was a backlog of hundreds of cases before the Refugee Appeal Authority, which would take several years to process while the applicants stayed in New Zealand and accepted its benefits.

“It is hard to understand why we are taking these people as part of our annual quota when we can obviously fill it from within New Zealand - or is this another case of government grandstanding?

“We also have about 20,000 overstayers in the country, a various assortment of asylum seekers plus at least one suspected terrorist.

“It is time for the Immigration Minister to publicly explain the numbers being accepted under all categories so that New Zealanders can see we are not actually exceeding our quota.

“New Zealand cannot keep importing people when all our systems are straining under the load of the senseless immigration policies pursued by this government,” said Mr Peters.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news