The Nation 28 July 2012

July 26th, 2012 at 9:18 pm by Kokila Patel

1. Hon Phil Heatley will talk mining and housing in an extended interview with Rachel and John Harevelt (Fairfax) and Alex Tarrant (
2. Satyajit Das — author of “Extreme Money — the Masters of the Universe and the cult of risk” on why the great financial crisis is not yet over.
3. The Christchurch Court and Gerry Brownleee — reactions to the decision saying the Minister exceded his powers.

Broadcast on TV 3 Saturday at 9.30 am, repeated on Sunday at 8 am.

3 Responses to “The Nation 28 July 2012”

  1. flipper (5,297 comments) says:

    The Court did NOT say Browlee exceeded his powers. It said the process was wrong, not the decision. But, lets us wait to see what an unbiased media we have ……

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  2. hj (8,596 comments) says:

    1. Phil Heatly says we need mining to build schools and hospitals. National, Labour and the Greens are pro immigration so the Green Party and Labour should shutta you face!

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  3. hj (8,596 comments) says:

    The Wise Team grilled Heatly on house prices but nether once questioned immigration (apparently we have a growing economy needing more and more people to man the NZ Great Prosperity Boat). They (presumably) don’t agree with the Savings Working Group (experts appointed by the government) who said:

    Immigration and tax breaks for investment in residential property are being cited as the underlying causes of steep increases in the cost of housing over the past decade.

    The report added that there was little evidence that immigration boosted local incomes. In fact, the need to build roads and schools meant that net migration contributed to the national deficit.

    ‘‘Migration is another issue that the government should investigate further,’’ the working group said. ‘‘There are indications that high immigration rates have pushed up government spending, house prices and business borrowing, and prevented necessary adjustments to the economy.’’

    The reason no one has to mention immigration is because left and right have a hush agreement:

    “Both in New Zealand and globally, the best of the leftwing tradition has always rejected small-minded nationalism, xenophobia and racism. In fact, leftists of an internationalist tradition have always favoured globalization and getting rid of national borders and barriers to migration. Progressive advocates of globalization of course do not defend a handful of rich imperialist countries, including New Zealand, dominating the world’s economy, but instead advocate an integrated and radically egalitarian world economy where production is based on social need and not on private profit. ”

    As a great grandson of boat people, I rise to address the Immigration Amendment Bill 2012.

    “The Government is exaggerating the risk of mass invasion by boat people,” said Ms Logie.
    “”New Zealand’s strong reputation as a good global citizen could be put into question by this action.”

    Prime Minister John Key’s reaction to the boatload of asylum seekers from Sri Lanka lacks compassion, Green Party immigration spokesperson Keith Locke said today.

    Anti-immigration feeling has no place in the Green party Immigration and Population policies released today, Green MP Keith Locke says.

    “Our policy is the opposite of Winston Peters’,” the Party’s Immigration Spokesperson Keith Locke says.

    It looks like the Government are set to loosen the immigration laws which will allow people to come into the country even if they cannot speak English – as long as they have plenty of cash.

    The theory is that the influx of non-English speaking rich foreigners will be beneficial to the economy.

    This theory however was completely demolished in April in a report from a Massy University economist, Dr Greg Clydesdale.

    While Immigration Minister David Cunliffe thinks that more immigration is a ‘must for economic growth’, Clydesdale commented that ‘claims that immigrants improve the economy, introduce new techniques and grow the business sector are being exaggerated..There is often no economic evidence to support the claims made.’

    Clydesdale pointed out that the Government’s own figures showed that only 2 percent of new immigrants introduced new technology.

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