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


Bo Fan case: Hide gets it wrong

15 March 2006 Media Statement
Bo Fan case: Hide gets it wrong

ACT leader Rodney Hide is mistakenly or mischievously confusing the issues in the Bo Fan deportation case, says Immigration Minister David Cunliffe.

"The facts of the case are these:

"On 19 August 2004, my predecessor as immigration minister, Hon Paul Swain, issued a deportation order against Chinese national Bo Fan, who had been convicted of kidnapping, aggravated robbery and common assault within five years of being granted a residence permit.

"The Immigration Act provides a right of appeal to the Deportation Review Tribunal.

"Bo Fan and his parents exercised their right of appeal and the tribunal on March 3 ruled in his favour.

"As minister I have sought a Crown Law opinion on whether the tribunal's decision should be appealed to the High Court. The law allows such an appeal only on points of law, not factual issues.

"The threshold test under Section 105 of the act, which governs the decisions of the tribunal, is one of the issues being addressed in my current review of the Immigration Act. A discussion document on the review will be released in a few weeks.

"In the meantime, Mr Hide does no service to himself or the public by mistakenly or mischievously confusing a standard judicial appeal process of the tribunal with a previous ministerial decision to deport Bo Fan."


© 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