Parliament

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

 

Cabinet approves new health testing for migrants

Cabinet has approved new immigration procedures aimed at protecting the health of all New Zealanders, the Ministers of Immigration, Health and associate Immigration announced today.

The Ministers, Tuariki Delamere, Wyatt Creech and Lockwood Smith said that from 1 July 2000, the list of diseases for which mandatory tests are carried out will expand to include HIV, and other tests will be added should research indicate their applicability.

Currently only tuberculosis and syphilis tests are mandatory. No extra blood test will be required for the expanded list.

These requirements apply to applicants for residence (including genuine refugee status seekers), people who intend to work or study in New Zealand for two years or more, and people proposed by the UNHCR for the refugee quota.

"The move is in keeping with our policy to balance the rights of entry with the potential risks to New Zealanders. It is purely a preventative step. It also brings us into line with Australia. The Minister of Immigration will retain the discretion to admit would-be migrants on humanitarian or other exceptional grounds.

"We note that current immigration health assessment policy requires that intending long term entrants to New Zealand are not likely to be a risk to public health; are not likely to be a burden on the health services and are fit for their purpose of entry," said the Ministers.

"However there are no policy guidelines in place to help in assessing the likely burden on health services.

"Australia currently has a mandatory HIV test for all applicants for residence over 15 and it also applies a monetary test to determine whether potential long-term entrants would be a burden on the health services," they said.

Cabinet agreed to maintain the current policy of not requiring medical assessments for applicants for short term entry (less than two years) to New Zealand. However, it has directed immigration and health officials to investigate whether further steps need to be taken in relation to the control of tuberculosis and report back by the end of April 2000.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why New Zealand Needs To Change Its Defence Habits


In a flashback to the military displays of days gone by, one of our frigates recently joined a Carrier Strike show of force in the South China Sea, en route to a joint military exercise in Singapore with our traditional allies, called BersamaGold21. Reportedly, Anna Powles, from the Centre of Defence and Security Studies at Massey University felt this to be a case of us doing our bit to uphold international law, and the right of free transit through the region in question... More>>

Government: New COVID-19 Protection Framework Delivers Greater Freedoms For Vaccinated New Zealanders


Vaccinated New Zealanders will regain everyday freedoms when the country moves to a new simplified COVID-19 Protection Framework that doesn’t rely on nationwide lockdowns as the main measure to stop the virus spreading. In a suite of announcements that establish a pathway out of restrictions the Government is also providing up to $940 million per fortnight to support businesses through the challenging period... More>>

ALSO:





 
 


Government: Responds To Independent Review Into WorkSafe

The Government has clear expectations that WorkSafe must action the recommendations of the independent review into the regulator to improve its management of adventure activities following the tragedy at Whakaari White Island, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood says... More>>

Government: New Zealand Secures Historic Free Trade Deal With The United Kingdom
New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed in principle the details of a historic Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which will further accelerate our COVID-19 economic recovery say Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor... More>>

ALSO:

Ombudsman: Launches Investigation Into MIQ Booking System
The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is launching a broad investigation into the Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) booking system after receiving hundreds of complaints... More>>

ALSO:


Pay Cheque To Pay Cheque: Half A Million New Zealanders Have No Savings
New findings from the Consumer NZ sentiment tracker found that 15% of New Zealanders had no savings, and a further 27% were anxious about their level of savings and would like to have more tucked away... More>>


Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>


Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels