November 19, 2015
Rushed law shows poor preparation
It’s deportee day, but New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says the Government has been caught napping by Australia’s decision to send a plane-load of detainees over the Tasman.
The New Zealanders have been caught out by Australia’s tough new immigration rules, but it’s not clear what crimes they committed to have their visas revoked, or what whanau they might have here.
Parliament sat under urgency yesterday to pass the Returning Offenders (Management and Information) Bill, which will impose a "parole-like" monitoring regime on the deportees.
Mr Peters says the Government should have had the legislation in place much earlier.
"Fourteen months ago the Aussies changes the law, they made it very clear what they were going to do, and the minister says they have been flat our preparing the law but they haven’t, and the reality is in an atmosphere of hostility the Aussies are sending them home and they are arriving here and we have to know who we are getting and what we can do about making sure they are monitored if they are a danger to the community," he says.
The deportees could be on a flight as early as today.
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