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How do our political parties’ immigration policies compare?

Immigration policies from all conservative political parties are listed below with links to their policy details at the end. I have also included non-conservative parties so that you can compare.

To help with this process I have summarised their policies. It is interesting to me that the Green party have much harsher guidelines and rules for migrants who bring money to New Zealand than they do for migrants who bring nothing but themselves. ACT on the other hand want to encourage migrant investors as do National. Surprisingly though, National have no policy details regarding NZ values/culture, citizenship, residency or NZ laws with regard to migrants.

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Boris Johnson and Michael Gove set about each other with knives

Michael Gove announced that contrary to his previous position he was going to run for leader, effectively stabbing Boris Johnson in the back. Boris, for his part, then said he wouldn’t stand either, effectively stabbing Michael Gove as well.

Boris Johnson’s allies warned there is a ‘deep pit in Hell’ waiting for Michael Gove tonight after the Justice Secretary stabbed his fellow Brexit champion in the back saying he was not up to being Prime Minister.

Mr Gove delivered a brutal verdict on Mr Johnson’s capabilities and questioned whether his ‘heart and soul’ were in taking us out of the EU, effectively ending his hopes of succeeding David Cameron, as he announced his own bid for Downing Street.

Damning his friend with faint praise, Mr Gove said he had ‘enjoyed working with him’ during the referendum campaign. But he said: ‘I realised in the last few days that Boris isn’t capable of building that team and providing that unity.

‘And so I came reluctantly but firmly to the conclusion that as someone who had argued from the beginning that we should leave the European Union and as someone who wanted ensure that a bold, positive vision for our future was implemented, that I had to stand for leadership of the Conservative party.’

He added: ‘I thought it was right that following the decision that the people took last week that we should have someone leading the Conservative party and leading the country who believed in their heart and soul that Britain was better off outside the European Union.’

As the blows rained down on Mr Johnson this morning, key backers Nick Boles and Dominic Raab defected to Mr Gove’s campaign and arch-rival Theresa May won support from Leader of the House Chris Grayling – another Brexit champion.

Within hours Mr Johnson, who had been the hot favourite, was using an event that had been intended as his campaign launch to rule himself out.  Read more »

Crazy Colin rides again

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Colin Craig really doesn’t like having the truth told about him. He has decided to sue me for publishing an excerpt of his poemThe Two of Me” that he sent to Rachel MacGregor.

Colin Craig has tabled legal papers seeking more than $13,000 from blogger Cameron Slater for publishing the former politician’s romantic poetry on his blog.

Craig, who identifies himself as a secret songwriter, poet and fiction author, says he wants to set the record straight after suffering humiliation when his poem The Two Of Me was published on the Whaleoil site last year.

In a statement of claim provided by Slater, the former Conservative Party leader states only two copies existed of the poem. One Craig kept stored in his “personal literary archive”, the other was owned by his former press secretary, Rachel MacGregor.

Jordan Williams, the executive director of the Taxpayers Union, is named as a second defendant.

“Mr Craig has elected to forego publishing his creative writing for consumption by the public in order to, amongst other reasons, preserve his privacy,” the document states.

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Winston wins in court, another of Colin Craig’s pamphlets found to be dodgy

Richard Harman at Politik reports on the news of Winston’s court win:

Winston Peters has won a claim against the Electoral Commission over anti-NZ First advertising from the last election.

And in the process he has persuaded the High Court to tighten up the limitations on advertising in the lead up to an election.

Mr Peters complained about two advertisements – one from ACT which was a video recorded in Mandarin for Kenneth Wang, the Deputy Leader of the Party.

It commented on a speech which Mr Peters had made about the opening of a brothel in Auckland owned by the Chow brothers.

The commentary in the video was to the effect that Mr Peters was “anti-Chinese” and believed that Chinese people had turned Auckland “evil” and into “the Capital of Sin”.

The second was about a Conservative Party pamphlet which Mr Peters claimed wrongly reported his attitude on alcohol reform.

The New Zealand First Leader’s complaint was that both ads breached a section of the Electoral Act which prohibits anybody publishing “a statement of fact that he or she knows is false, with the intention of influencing the vote of any elector”  at any time on polling day or the two days immediately preceding polling day.    Read more »

Good money after bad

Colin Craig continues to tip cash into his pet project.

Colin Craig has poured more money into the Conservative Party, including a loan worth $94,000 which he has written off as a donation.

The party declared $130,000 in donations from Mr Craig to the Electoral Commission earlier this month, most of which came from a forgiven loan for election campaign costs in 2014.

The latest donations meant the party’s founder has given nearly $180,000 to the party since resigning as leader in June.

Mr Craig denied that his ongoing contributions were a way of maintaining some influence over the party now that he was no longer leader. He said he forgave the large loan so the party was not “beholden to him” at a time when it was searching for a new leader.

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The political retardation of the Conservative party

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If you thought Andrew Little telling us that he had only read 8.5% of the TPPA text was an exercise in political retardation, then consider this press release from the congenital idiots at the Conservative Party.

The Conservative Party are by no means opposed to trade agreements with other countries, but the secrecy surrounding the negotiations and the lack of disclosure of real detail with regard to the TPPA, accompanied by the fobbing off of serious questions by Government Ministers since agreement was met, has created wide spread concern in the populace.

In November 2015, the poll conducted by Consumer Link showed 65% of New Zealanders thought the Government should make the contents of the agreement public before the negotiations were completed and the agreement signed. The current public outcry seems to indicate that little has changed.   Read more »

No need for natural justice

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The Party that Stands for Something elected a Board using a process where they trespassed Mr Stringer and his wife for simply being present, even though as a member he had every right to attend the AGM. So now they’re trying to eject him using a letter which was born from a meeting between people who aren’t formally recognised as the party’s board in the eyes of the Electoral Commission. Read more »

Colin Craig is ready to return as leader of the Conservative Party

Colin Craig gave a generous Christmas donation to the Conservative Party, despite stepping down as its leader.

The party declared a $22,000 donation from Mr Craig on December 22, on top of earlier donations of $3000, $6000 and $8300 last year.

Political parties must declare individual or separate donations which amount to more than $30,000 within a 12-month period.

The latest donations come despite Mr Craig taking a back seat in the party’s operations. He stepped down as leader in June after admitting to inappropriate conduct with a former staff member.

“Obviously I’m out for the moment … but I will continue to be supportive of the party and I will continue to give to the party,” Mr Craig said yesterday.

Funding was needed to cover staff costs and a large leaflet drop last year, he said.

Mr Craig has spent close to $3 million of his personal income on the party over two elections, without winning a seat in Parliament.

The party’s board announced in November that it was seeking a new leader.

Mr Craig said the donations were not an attempt to maintain control of the party or influence its leadership decisions.

He has ruled himself out of contention until he resolved two legal cases he was involved in – a defamation case and an allegation that he broke electoral laws ahead of the general election in 2014.

Well, he’s got five defamation cases he’s personally involved in.    Read more »

What are the current Conservative Party finances, and where will donations end up? [UPDATED]

The Conservative Party sent out an update making things sound all under control and sunny.   But they need money.  (Don’t they all?)

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A political party asking for donations isn’t remarkable, but in the case of the Conservative Party, this may actually be a bit of a problem.   Read more »

Season’s Greetings from the Conservative Party

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Even the Conservative Party doesn’t dare call it Christmas

It has been an “eventful” year for the Conservative Party of New Zealand, a year of mystery, intrigue and a whole lot of disruption.

The media may have announced the death of the Conservative Party, but this is not so. There is a new team at the helm, a new leader to be found, new policies to confront and an ever increasing need for a Conservative voice in Parliament. It is exciting to see some Conservative policies being adopted by the current Government, like binding referenda. Now we just need it applied to significant decisions!

The government hasn’t adopted binding referenda, and actually, the media have not declared the Conservative Party dead.  It’s those other pesky people: the voters!   Read more »