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Trade And Immigration Linked? Please Explain PM

Trade And Immigration Linked? Please Explain Pm Asks Peters

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has called on Helen Clark to publicly explain the links between immigration and New Zealand’s trade with Asia.

He said today that it was “deeply disturbing” to learn that some how the Labour-led minority government had established some connection between trading with Asian nations and taking their citizens as immigrants.

“If this is the case, which I seriously doubt, the people of New Zealand have certainly not been told about it.

“To suggest as Miss Clark has done, that we now have to import Asian people as part of some bizarre trade deal is drivel at best, and a suggestion of trafficking in humans at worst.”

Mr Peters suggested that if Ms Clark and her Immigration Minister studied the immigration policies of New Zealand’s Asian trading partners they would find that those policies were a lot tougher than New Zealand’s “open door” system.

“The truth of the matter is that the present immigration system is disastrous for New Zealanders and an increasing number are beginning to realise it.

“The next move from this government of ethnic engineers will be to change the way the statistics are collated to confuse everybody.

“Let me warn them that New Zealanders are awake to these tactics and we will not let the matter rest.”

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