Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


John Key’s discussion on asylum seekers welcomed

John Key’s discussion on asylum seekers welcomed by refugee organisation

9th February 2013

ChangeMakers Refugee Forum welcomes today’s announcement that John Key will raise the issue of asylum seekers with his Australian counterpart, Julia Gillard, in discussions this weekend.

‘While we believe it’s highly unlikely that boats carrying asylum seekers are going to be arriving on our shores this is obviously an issue in Australia and one that has polarised public opinion. To see our Government willing to take initiative on asylum seekers is great’ says Tim O’Donovan, General Manager of ChangeMakers Refugee Forum.

‘ We hope that the willingness to discuss the issue will result in action to address the incredibly difficult situation that many of these people face. This situation has recently been highlighted by the UNHCR who expressed grave concerns about the detention of children on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and the mental health of many of those detained there. ’

‘John Key is right. We need to be thinking about regional solutions to this issue. But such discussions need to be underpinned by the international commitments that New Zealand and Australia have made and ensure that asylum seekers are not subject to punitive measures while their claim for asylum is being processed.’

‘The facts are very clear’ says O’Donovan ‘over 90% of people who arrive on a boat seeking asylum in Australia are recognised as refugees. The majority of these people are fleeing persecution. This fact has often been lost in the public discussions on asylum seekers.’

ChangeMakers and the National Refugee Network are about to undertake research on people who have successfully claimed asylum in Aotearoa New Zealand. ‘The research focuses on the extent to which people who have been granted asylum here have been able to re-build their lives. Once completed, the research can be used as a basis for decision makers across the sector to ensure that these new New Zealanders can participate fully in their new home’ says O’Donovan.

ChangeMakers Refugee Forum is a rights-based NGO that works with over 14 different refugee-backgrounds groups in the greater Wellington region.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Mt Eden Prison: Serco Inquiry Extended

A two month delay to the Government investigation into prison fight clubs shows the extent of problems within the Serco circus, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis. More>>

ALSO:

Health And Safety: Late Addition Of National Security Provisions A Concern

The New Zealand Law Society has expressed its significant concerns at the last-minute addition to the Health and Safety Reform Bill of provisions for a closed material procedure for court proceedings where national security is involved. More>>

ALSO:

Rugby And Beer: World Cup Alcohol Bill Passes

ACT MP David Seymour’s Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Extended licensing hours during Rugby World Cup) Bill completed its third reading by 99 to 21... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Flag Campaign

So far, the public has treated the government’s flag campaign with something between disinterest and disdain. Most New Zealanders have instinctively seen through the marketing hype involved. More>>

Change For 2017: Local Govt To Decide On Easter Sunday Trading

The Government is to enable local communities, through councils, to decide whether retailers can open on Easter Sunday, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse announced. More>>

ALSO:

(And Targets Worse Than Australia's): Foresters Abandoning Emissions Trading Scheme

The Government’s gutting of the Emissions Trading Scheme has caused foresters to leave and emissions to rise, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news