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Serious questions the Immigration Minister should’ve asked

Serious questions the Immigration Minister should’ve asked

There are serious questions that the Immigration Ministers needs to answer after confirmation today he has allowed a dangerous criminal to stay in New Zealand without fully considering the facts, National’s Leader Simon Bridges says.

“Iain Lees-Galloway admitted in Parliament today that he hadn’t considered all of the relevant information about the Karel Sroubek case before making the decision to allow a dangerous, gang affiliated criminal to remain in New Zealand.

“Mr Lees-Galloway is not a box ticker, he needs to be capable of making important and dispassionate decisions which are in the best interests of New Zealanders.

“He’s now trying to blame his officials. It was up to him to ask the hard questions. It’s called ‘Minister’s discretion’, not ‘officials’ discretion’.

“He should have asked more questions, done his own due-diligence and taken the decision to Cabinet.

“Instead, he just took the case at face value, his decision was not in the public interest and it made New Zealanders less safe.

“The Prime Minister needs to front up to the fact that her Government has badly let New Zealanders down and she has no choice but to fire her Immigration Minister.”

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