I think we should be very, very careful about lifting our refugee quota

The Media party, together with the Opposition, are ramping up pressure for New Zealand to accept more refugees.

Claims there is broad support are based on the presentation of a pathetic petition of 20,000 signatures. Hell’s teeth, more people support Boobs on Bikes than signed a petition for more refugees.

Party leaders from both sides of Parliament have urged the Government to raise New Zealand’s refugee quota in an upcoming review.

A 20,000-signature petition was presented to Parliament today, urging the Cabinet to double the annual quota to 1500 refugees a year.

That level of increase was backed by three parties – Labour, the Greens and United Future. The Act Party supported a higher quota, but stopped short of doubling it.  

The quota has remained at 750 refugees a year since it was introduced in 1976. Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse said he would be taking a recommendation to the Cabinet soon.

Labour leader Andrew Little today said that a Labour Government would gradually raise the quota to 1500 over three years.

Immigration New Zealand has confirmed that it has capacity for 1500 refugees a year if funding for community services is increased.

Act Party leader David Seymour said New Zealand had capacity to absorb and support more people.

Instead of three-yearly reviews, he said the quota should be linked to New Zealand’s GDP growth.

“Rather than setting and forgetting, it becomes automatic,” he said.

How about get stuffed?

Until there is a proper and robust vetting system in place, and we get to select people who will be compatible with NZ society, we should pull up the drawbridge.

 

– ODT


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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