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National's Immigration Policy A Limp Wristed Sop

09 August 2005

National's Policy A Limp Wristed Sop - Only NZ First 'Inspectorate' Will Fix It

New Zealand First leader, Rt Hon Winston Peters, says he predicted earlier this year that in addition to National stealing New Zealand First’s Treaty, transport and referendum policies that they would attempt to steal New Zealand First’s immigration policy as well.

“Predictably and right on cue, National’s announcement today on immigration policy proves precisely that,” said Mr Peters.

“If New Zealanders needed confirmation on which party is serious about immigration they got it today. It is truly tweedle dumb and tweedle dumber when it comes to National and Labour on immigration.

“National has again visited our website, but this time came up with a policy looser than Labour’s.

“Where is the population policy? Where are the much needed changes to immigration laws, which are “a dog’s breakfast” (Paul Swain, ‘Law News’, August 2005)? What are they going to do with the next Zaoui? Just how many immigrants are they prepared to let in?

“The same figures as National’s former immigration minister Roger Maxwell announced in late 1995 – i.e. 45,000 plus or minus 5%, which is Labour’s policy as well.

“National has no stomach to make the tough calls and are too scared they might cause offence.

“There is nothing in National’s so-called policy which will actually root out the blatant corruption occurring in our immigration system. Only New Zealand First’s Immigration Inspectorate, and serious law changes will target corruption and immigrant crime to resolve this mess.

“New Zealand First is the only choice for change when it come to protecting our borders,” said Mr Peters.

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