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

 

Refugee advocate seeks assurances of evidence-based review

Refugee advocate seeks assurances of evidence-based quota review


Documents obtained under the Official Information Act show the 2013 advice to Cabinet on the refugee quota was based on the preferences of the Prime Minister and did not allow for the relevant Ministers or Immigration officials to put forward a previously suggested case for an increase.

Doing Our Bit spokesperson Murdoch Stephens is seeking a reassurances that the department can put forward their preferred case. “The 2013 quota review may have been based on the same misunderstanding of the facts, so we ask for an assurance that the forthcoming review will allow Immigration New Zealand to put forward an evidence-based case.”

On Monday the Prime Minister admitted that he thought the nation’s annual refugee quota was “three or four thousand”. He later corrected himself by acknowledging just over one thousand total places were available every year.

Editorials in every major daily newspaper have backed the call for an increase to the quota - including support for doubling it from the NZ Herald and Dominion Post. Many service providers have also noted there is capacity for an increase. Similarly every other political party has commented at some point in the last year that they support an increase to at least a 1000 places per annum.

The documents obtained from an Official Information Act request show Immigration New Zealand were making a case for Cabinet that included a option of raising the quota to 900 places. However, public comments by Key at the time meant that advice did not go forward.

A February 2013 MBIE briefing contained the following point:

“4. Public statements by the Prime Minister have subsequently made it clear that his preference is for the Refugee Quota Programme to remain at 750. We seek confirmation that that is the recommended option to put forward to Cabinet.”

No subsequent papers or briefings mention the previous case for raising the quota.

“These documents show that our quota intake has remained low due to what we now know to be an unfortunate error in calculation by the Prime Minister.”

Stephens added, “We ask that the Prime Minister allow Immigration to put forward a neutral case based on relevant evidence such as capacity, reference to population increases since the quota was established and the current needs indicated by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. We ask that he instructs them to ignore his previous comments on the quota and to take advice from Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse who has noted that the government has ‘an open mind’ on the quota review.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Crowdsale And Crowdfunding Campaign: Help Create The Future Of Independent News

Two weeks to go! The Scoop 3.0 plan aims to create NZ’s first community-owned, distributed news and media intelligence ecosystem in 2019. We believe this ScoopPro media monetisation approach can be scaled and spread globally to support local and independent news efforts in regional New Zealand and around the world.

Scoop is an ecosystem, it would not exist without those who contribute to it, read it and rely on it for professional media purposes. Generous past support from this ecosystem has enabled us to come this far in developing our business model. Support our PledgeMe Campaign>>

 

14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>

ALSO:

Two Years Since Kaikoura: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>

ALSO:

Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>

ALSO:

"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels