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


Stephen Franks' mischief making

Stephen Franks' mischief making

Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel today called demands by Act MP Stephen Franks to deport Gay Oakes, mere mischief-making.

"Mr Franks asked me an Oral Question in Parliament on 19 September about this case. The Hansard record clearly shows that I was not prepared to discuss Gay Oakes' case publicly without her specific permission to do so.

"However, I did refer Mr Franks and other MPs to Section 112 of the Immigration Act.

"Prior to 1987, the Immigration Act did not provide for the deportation of convicted criminals if the offence was committed beyond five years' residence in New Zealand.

"In 1987 the then Labour government tightened the law, requiring that deportation could occur where serious offences were committed within 10 years of residence in New Zealand.

"However, as is usual, the law change was not retrospective, and therefore did not apply to anyone who gained residence or who was exempt from holding a residence permit (eg, an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident) who was already in the country before the commencement of the 1987 Act (refer Section 112 - attached).

"I have already explained this in detail to Mr Franks following his question to me in Parliament some 18 days ago. I went and sat next to Mr Franks in the House and took him through the provisions of the Act. I even gave him a photocopy of Section 112 of the Act.

"Although I cannot comment explicitly on the Oakes case, it would not take a rocket scientist to work it out given the provisions of Section 112 of the Immigration Act 1987 and I find it galling that Mr Franks is still publicity-seeking over the matter," Lianne Dalziel said.

Copy of Hansard record available at -

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Rapid Antigen Testing

National Party leader Christopher Luxon is being allowed to get away with murder. Luxon is not being challenged over his repeated assertions that the rest of the world has enjoyed ready access to rapid antigen tests (aka RATS) for a year, so why aren’t we? In fact, the reality across the Tasman for the past month has seen a colossal shambles unfold over (a) the availability and (b) the affordability of these tests. RATS have become a case of panic buying on steroids. Amid reports of price gouging, stock-piling, socially inequitable access and empty shelves...


The Treasury: Financial Statements Of The Government Of NZ For The 5 Months Ended 30 November 2021
Interim Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the 5 months ended 30 November 2021... More>>


Government: Announces Three Phase Public Health Response To Omicron
The Government has announced a three phase Omicron plan that aims to slow down and limit the spread of an outbreak, Associate Minister of Health, Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. “Through the course of managing Omicron, we will be taking a phased approach. As case numbers grow both testing and isolation approaches will change in response... More>>

Save The Children: Thousands Join Call To Retain New Zealand’s Children’s Commissioner

More than 6000 Kiwis have joined Save the Children New Zealand’s call to retain the vital role of Children’s Commissioner, as the Government considers a new bill proposing major changes to the office, including the removal of a named Children’s Commissioner... More>>

TradeMe: New Zealand Rents Climb $40 Per Week In One Year

New Zealand’s national median rent climbed $40 a week in 2021 to reach $560 in December, according to Trade Me’s latest Rental Price Index. Trade Me Property Sales Director Gavin Lloyd said last month’s national median weekly rent showed an 8 per cent annual increase... More>>

Transparency International: New Zealand Retains Top Ranking In Annual Corruption Perceptions Index
New Zealand is once again ranked least corrupt in the world by Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index. This year New Zealand’s score of 88 out of 100 is unchanged resulting in it being first equal with Denmark and Finland... More>>

TradeMe: Property Prices Increase By A Record 25% In One Year
In December, the national average asking price jumped by a quarter year on year, to reach a new high of $956,150, according to the latest Trade Me Property Price Index. Trade Me Property Sales Director Gavin Lloyd said last month’s national average asking price increase was the largest on record... More>>




InfoPages News Channels