Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Immigration Minister Playing ‘ping-pong’ With People’s Lives

Immigration Minister, Hon. Ian Lees-Galloway has recently announced that he will delegate more Ministerial decision-making to Immigration New Zealand staff.

The New Zealand Association for Migration and Investment (NZAMI) chair, Ms June Ranson, says the Minister is playing ‘ping-pong’ with people’s lives.

She says it is the Immigration Minister’s responsibility to make decisions on cases which fall outside Immigration NZ’s policy guidelines – this is what is known as democracy.

“The Minister should be asking advice from his senior qualified Immigration NZ staff, but the final decision should rest on his shoulders. That is his job. We are not aware of any other Immigration Minister having excused him or herself from these duties to this extent. One must ask what is the point of having an Immigration Minister if he is not involved in deciding the hard cases?

“The Sroubek case, although given high publicity, is not the only case the Minister is asked to decide. There are many other reasons cases are brought before him, purely because they fall outside normal immigration policy, and which the Immigration NZ has no jurisdiction to decide.

“The Immigration Minister is seen as a fresh set of eyes to look at different cases. Anything that has gone through Immigration NZ is based on the current policy, so there is nowhere else for individuals to go. Having such cases put back to Immigration NZ is asking for the same people to review them again.

“We note that currently the Associate Minister of Immigration, Hon. Poto Williams, has been making the decisions, and not the Minister himself.”

In addition, NZAMI has been advised by Immigration NZ that people are to expect longer processing times due to the temporary closure on its Beijing office.

Ms Ranson says, “We need to understand why this decision was made. A large percentage of visa applications are processed online and could be handled by staff working from home if quarantine is an issue. This does not pass on a virus. A number of these applications are also for persons outside of China.

“We need to understand the rationale for the office closure. The decision taken to close this office is hurting the NZ economy and playing with people’s lives.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Wage Cuts, And The Listener’s Demise

Various levels of across the board wage cuts – 10%? 15% ?- are being mooted for workers in some of our larger firms, in order to help the likes of Fletchers, Mediaworks etc survive the Covid-19 crisis. It is extraordinary that unions should be having to explain to employers (and to the public) just how unfairly the burden of such a response would fall. Basically, if you’re on a salary in six figures, a 10-15% haircut can still be worn fairly lightly. If you’re employed at or below the median wage, losing 10% of your income can be a hammer blow... More>>

 
 

Government: Seeking Infrastructure Projects


The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say...More>>

ALSO:


Police Commissioner: Christchurch Terrorist Pleads Guilty

Police acknowledge the guilty pleas in the Christchurch Mosque attacks prosecution that were entered in the Christchurch High Court today. The guilty pleas to 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge of engaging in a terrorist ... More>>

ALSO:

Transport: $54 billion Investment In Draft GPS 2021

The Draft Government Policy Statement (GPS) 2021 on land transport confirms that the Government will invest a record $54 billion in its balanced transport policy over the next decade. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Loss Of Abortion Safe Zones

No doubt, last night’s defeat of abortion law reform provisions that would have created safe zones around abortion clinics will be portrayed, by some, as a victory for free speech. It isn’t. It was a victory for bigotry and intimidation directed ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On National's Regulation Crusade

Lets step back in time now, to simpler days and to simple-minded solutions. So…. if National gets elected, landlords will once again be able to evict tenants at will, raise rents anytime they like, and ignore the need to install a healthy standard of heating in the homes they put out to rent. This promised ‘bonfire of regulations’ is being done in the name of cutting red tape... More>>

ALSO:

SMC - Expert Reaction: PF2050 Strategy

DOC has released a strategy to reach Predator Free 2050, along with an action plan through to 2025. The predator-free goal focuses on three groups of mammals: possums, three species of rats, plus stoats, ferrets and weasels... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels