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.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election