Parliament

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

 

Hunger Strike Highlights Need For Better Strategy


2 October 2000

HUNGER STRIKERS HIGHLIGHT NEED FOR BETTER IMMIGRATION STRATEGY

The plight of hunger striking refugees in Auckland's Aotea Square highlights the present inconsistencies in immigration policy and the need for a more integrated and comprehensive population and immigration strategy, says Hon Peter Dunne, leader United New Zealand.

"Clearly these people are desperate and are right to be demanding fairer treatment than they are receiving.

"The Government's decision to exclude refugees from the recently announced overstayers' amnesty highlights an inconsistent and inhumane approach to the treatment of immigrants," says Mr Dunne.

He says the hunger strikers are being treated differently simply because they are refugees.

"Not only is this morally wrong, but many of these people would be good migrants who could make a positive contribution to New Zealand's economic and social future.

"Again this highlights the lack of an overall immigration and population strategy with sensible migration settlement policies. Only by establishing such a strategy can we ensure all potential migrants are treated fairly and that there is a mutual benefit for new migrants and New Zealand citizens," says Mr Dunne.

END


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Alastair Thompson: Are There TPLF Ethiopia Insurgency Training & Support Operations in Uganda?


Mystery Document Alleges:
Covert Operation has US/Egypt Support
Operations Coordinated between South Sudan, TPLF and Uganda
Planning began December 2021...

More>>



Gordon Campbell: On National’s Ongoing Problems With Abortion


Despite Christopher Luxon’s assurances to the contrary, there is no such thing as “settled law” in New Zealand. Apart from the six provisions that are constitutionally entrenched, legislation can always be amended or overturned by a simple majority vote within our single chamber of Parliament. Luxon’s repeated use of the term “settled law” has been particularly tone deaf, given that several of the US Supreme Court justices used that very same term during their confirmation hearings...
More>>



 
 

Government: New Zealand Secures Major Free Trade Deal With European Union
New Zealand and the European Union have concluded negotiations on a major free trade agreement (FTA), which unlocks access to one of the world’s biggest and most lucrative markets... More>>

ALSO:

Government: New Measures To Help Manage COVID-19 As Country Stays At Orange
The Government is taking action to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools and early childhood services, COVID-19 Response Minster Dr Ayesha Verrall and Associate Education Minister Jan Tinetti announced today... More>>

Prime Minister: Remarks At NATO Summit
It is a rare thing to have New Zealand represented at a NATO Summit. While we have worked together in theatres such as Afghanistan, and have been partners for just on a decade, today represents an important moment for our Pacific nation... More>>



Government: New Era For Better Health In Aotearoa New Zealand

The Government has today delivered a nationwide health system that will ensure better outcomes for all New Zealanders with the establishment of Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand... More>>



Greens: Alcohol Harm Minimisation Bill Pulled From Biscuit Tin

After years of research and advocacy, Parliament will finally consider legislation to take meaningful action on alcohol harm, says the Greens... More>>


Government: Wellington’s Rapid Transit Option Progresses To Next Stage
The Government is progressing a preferred option for LGWM which will see Wellington’s transport links strengthened with light rail from Wellington Station to Island Bay... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels