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Green Party welcomes Anglican Church’s refugee commitment

Green Party welcomes Anglican Church’s refugee quota commitment

The Green Party applauds the Anglican Church’s leadership on refugee issues while the National Government continues to drag its feet.

Today the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia made public their submission to the Government regarding the refugee quota programme and numbers. They called for the Government to increase quota numbers and reiterated their stance on helping with refugee resettlement.

“The Anglican Church have stepped up to provide leadership on the refugee quota while the National Government has been waiting for its polls to tell them what to do,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.

“It is fantastic to see the community welcome refugees and provide the resources to enable New Zealand to take more refugees.

“The Government has always used the excuse of having a good resettlement programme as being the reason why they cannot increase the quota.

“The funding needed to expand the refugee resettlement programme would be very small in comparison to something like a flag referendum and would be even smaller if the offers from community groups were taken up.

“Last year, the Green Party tried to introduce a Bill to increase the refugee quota permanently but we were blocked by the National Party, the only party to oppose it. National has had an opportunity to act time and time again but have chosen not to do so.

“I don’t know a single person or organisation that opposes a more generous refugee quota, other than the National Party.

“The Government could have changed the lives of so many desperate people if it had only had the courage to increase the quota before now,” said Mrs Turei.

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