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

 


National stoops to new low in refugee bashing

9 August 2005

National stoops to new low in refugee bashing

The National Party's new immigration policy is refugee bashing, Green Party Human Rights Spokesperson Keith Locke says.

"It's sad to see a major party beating up on some of the most vulnerable people in the world, people who have suffered so much in their home countries.

"A compassionate party would not stoop to such refugee bashing. There are twenty million refugees in the world, yet Mr Brash wants to cut back on the already small numbers we take in. The Green Party would extend our quota to 1000 per year.

"So much for National being a family-friendly party; they now want to stop refugees from being joined by their relatives.

"Mr Brash also complains about refugees going on the benefit. What does he expect? Of course many refugees, from poverty-stricken countries with poor schooling, find it difficult to get jobs. But that only reinforces the duty we have to assist them with education and job training.

"In my experience refugees are desperately keen to find a job and will do anything to help their kids do well at school. They are our most motivated residents.

"Mr Brash's statement today directly contradicts the stand taken by his colleague Pansy Wong on the Identity (Passports and Travel Documents) Bill, where, like the Greens, she opposed increasing a resident's qualifying time for citizenship from three to five years. That step made New Zealand less attractive to skilled migrants - because in Australia a resident can get citizenship in only two years.

Now National is proposing that each migrant waits nine years; four years to get permanent residency and another five years for citizenship," Mr Locke says.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news