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


Labour puts politics ahead of NZ’s growth

Lockwood Smith MP
National Party Immigration Spokesman

5 September 2008

Labour puts politics ahead of NZ’s growth

Labour’s sad attempt to discredit National’s immigration policy confirms how out of touch this Government has been over the past nine years, says National’s Immigration spokesman, Lockwood Smith.

“If Labour doesn’t want skilled immigrants, if it doesn’t want new arrivals who can look after themselves financially – then what are Labour’s priorities for immigration?”

Dr Smith says Immigration Minister Clayton Cosgrove’s hysterical rantings over National’s plan to remove layers of bureaucratic red tape for skilled immigrants are a front for his Government’s failings in this area.

“Mr Cosgrove clearly can’t get his head around the fact that immigration policy is largely about attracting the right skills and investment to allow our economy to grow. Labour’s complacency has led to record departures – we need skilled people to fill those gaps.”

Dr Smith says that under Labour, business category approval numbers have decreased steadily since reaching a peak of 4,517 in 2001/02, down to just 689 in 2007/08.

“The primary reason for this has been the dramatic reduction in approved investor immigrants. In 2001/02, 1,326 principal applicants were approved under the investor category which requires each to bring at least $1 million of investment into New Zealand. That’s investment of at least $1.326 billion.

“In 2007/08, just 28 principal applications were approved. The figures speak for themselves.”

Dr Smith says National will:

• Set realistic investment capital and English language requirements for business immigrants.

• Require approvals to better match the experience of potential business immigrants with their proposed investment in New Zealand.

• Focus the assessment of success for long-term business visa holders seeking residence in New Zealand on job creation and export earnings.

“We will also put measures in place to ensure that Kiwis living overseas will be given all the right incentives to return home.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election