Does New Zealand need to introduce a Values Contract?


ACT’s Free Press moots:

The New Zealand Values Statement
Several weeks ago Free Press argued that New Zealand should require new immigrants to sign a New Zealand Values Statement modelled on the Australian Values Statement.  We noted that people want to come to New Zealand precisely because we have an open, liberal, tolerant society, and it’s not much to expect people who want citizenship to sign up to these values.

The Australian Values Statement
New Australians must sign up to “Respect for the freedom and dignity of the individual; freedom of religion; commitment to the rule of law; Parliamentary democracy; equality of men and women; a spirit of egalitarianism that embraces mutual respect, tolerance, fair play and compassion for those in need and pursuit of the public good; equality of opportunity for individuals, regardless of their race, religion or ethnic background.”

Ron Mark would Fail
The great irony of Mark in particular and New Zealand First in general is that, in their intolerance and race obsession, they resemble the very characteristics they perceive in immigrant groups.  Ron Mark couldn’t sign the Australian Values Statement in good conscience.

It’s all very well to have a Values Contract, but unless there is a test to see if people meet the requirement, it is essentially pointless.

Much better to implement those values in selecting who can and can not come to live here in the first place, rather than let them in and get them to sign a contract they may not adhere to and will never be tested on.

Why this country permits people to come and live here who clearly and demonstrably see women as second class humans is beyond me.

Fix it at the source – don’t fluff about with a “Values Statement”.


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