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

 


Dunne undermines our reputation by supporting detention

12 April 2013

Dunne undermines our global reputation by supporting arbitrary detention of refugees

The immigration bill to allow mass detention of refugees will not pass without Peter Dunne’s vote, and the amendment to increase the threshold for arbitrary detention from 12 to 30 is meaningless, said the Green Party today.

“The immigration bill that provides for mass detention of refugees who have done nothing wrong is being supported by Peter Dunne, on the flimsy reasoning that increasing the threshold from 12 to 30 refugees somehow justifies arbitrary detention,” said Green Party Immigration spokesperson Jan Logie.

“It’s a National Party fantasy that hordes of refugees are going to start arriving on our shores, this bill is really about supporting Australia’s punitive regime for effectively putting refugees in jail. It’s a shame that Peter Dunne has done a deal with National to support this violation of the basic human rights of people who need support.

The immigration bill is contrary to New Zealand’s obligations under the Refugee Convention and the international human rights instruments the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act gives effect to, added Ms Logie.

“By supporting this bill, Peter Dunne is undermining New Zealand’s reputation, human rights and international law.

“It is clear the bill neither protects New Zealand’s borders nor takes action against people smuggling. We know that based on international experience, measures such as those proposed in the bill do not work.

“Very recently, residence and reporting agreements were introduced to the Immigration Act as an alternative to detention and have been accepted internationally as good practice models.

“Now this bill risks the positive reputation carefully built by New Zealand. It has already drawn negative comments from the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees.

“New Zealand has a strong reputation in human rights which all New Zealanders can be proud of and this bill with its flawed rationale, puts this at risk,” said Ms Logie.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English, Abroad

Looks like you need to get the blurb yourself. Probably best to do that irrespective, actually.If David Cameron was the closest thing John Key had to a political mentor, their successors also share a whole lot in common.

Theresa May and Bill English were both propelled into the top jobs as the result of unexpected resignations, and without much in the way of credible competition from their colleagues. Neither have yet been given a mandate to govern by the electorate although – in both countries – the Labour opposition is in less than robust shape. More>>

 

Pike River: Labour Bill To Override Safety Act For Mine Entry

“Bill English has been hiding behind the legal excuse that any attempt to re-enter the mine to recover the bodies might place the mine’s owner, Solid Energy Limited, and its directors in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future? More>>

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Hospitals: Resident Doctors Set To Strike Again

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Super Fund: More Burning Ethical Questions For Steven Joyce

Greens: Radio New Zealand reported this morning that the New Zealand Superfund has $77 million invested in 47 coal companies that the Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund – the largest sovereign fund in the world – has blacklisted. More>>

Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Why Tax Cuts In 2017 Would Be A (Proven) Bad Idea

Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the idea that if you cut income taxes and taxes on small business, a wave of individual enterprise and entrepreneurial energy will thus be unleashed, profits will rise and – hey bingo! – the tax cuts will soon be paying for themselves ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news