NZ Herald on National’s Immigration Policy

August 10th, 2005 at 1:15 pm by David Farrar

Russell and others on the left have been using selective quotes to try and portray ’s immigration stance as close to NZ First. I suppose they have to say that.

I recommend people read Don’s full speech (credit to Russell who links to it). It is very pro-immigration, but anti some of the current policies. And yes you can be one and not the other. Those arguing that are often the same who argued Don was a racist for his Orewa speech.

The NZ Herald editorial has labelled National’s policy as rational and am improvement on Labour’s knee-jerk reactions and piecemeal change. It does not agree with every aspect but overall is positive.

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8 Responses to “NZ Herald on National’s Immigration Policy”

  1. johnie () says:

    Is it national’s complete lack of vision which prevented them from considering increasing the resources used to integrate refugees into society, rather than decreasing refugee numbers, or are they just pandering to the right’s well known leanings towards racism and xenophobia?

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  2. Stuart () says:

    No johnnie it is neither,
    It is a reaction to some of the abuses that have been made of the existing system.
    Remember the Tampa boys, young, all alone, no family to look after them. We took them in as we are good and caring people.
    The Tampa boys have been involved in a number of “Family Reunifactions” the last figure that I heard quoted was 140 people had come in to be reunited with them.
    It is this type of abuse of the system that we need look at.
    Yes there are other as well and they need looking at as well.
    We need to change the system and it focus so that we reduce and remove the abuse

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  3. Cadmus () says:

    It was only last week ACT’s Rodney Hide was calling for Labour & National to boycott any coalitions with NZ First, because their immigration policy was racist.
    Now Nationals Policy dosn’t seem that much different than NZ First.
    I note Rodney Hide & ACT are silent on this issue? I wonder if ACT be boycotting any coalitions with National?

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  4. Gooner () says:

    From my recollection Rodney Hide did not refer to NZ 1st’s policy as racist.

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  5. Zippy Gonzales () says:

    I felt sorry for the poor bastards queueing outside the WINZ Immigration Centre in Queen St, Orkland. The lines are so long, there’s an espresso stand.

    Every weekday these sad souls stood, patiently seeking the title NZ Resident Idol, all the time praying to a smorgasbord of dieties that Labour hadn’t moved the goalposts in the night again.

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  6. tim barclay () says:

    If they do not like our espresso while waiting for their gold plated welfare cheque, the plane is waiting on the run-way. Piss off.

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  7. Shawn () says:

    “or are they just pandering to the right’s well known leanings towards racism and xenophobia?”.

    Given that much of the Left has climbed into bed with Jew haters who peddle Nazi style conspiracy theories and Islamic fascists I dont think they are in a position to talk about racism or xenophobia.

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  8. None () says:

    I don’t know which much of the left your talking about but the left I know about is opposed to all forms of racism and xenophobia including that commited by Islamic fascists and Jewish fascists. Perhaps you’re having the problem many people have of confusing Jews with Israel. Jews are a people (both a race and a religion) whereas Israel is a country. There are quite a number of Jewish fascists in charge of Israel but that doesn’t mean opposition to Jewish fascists in Israel is anti-Jewish just as opposition to Islamic fascists (such as Osama) isn’t anti-Islamic…

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