ACT fact check on PM’s migrant-bashing

BY ACT at 13 May, 2018


 

“The Prime Minister’s continued scapegoating of migrants for the housing crisis and for placing pressure on public services runs counter to the evidence”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

Jacinda Ardern has in recent days reiterated her position that migrants are pushing up house prices and are placing a heavy burden on New Zealand infrastructure.

 

Let’s check her claims against the official advice her Government has received.

 

1. Migrants are placing ‘unsustainable


PM too embarrassed to face questions but won’t apologise

BY ACT at 13 May, 2018


 

“In an unprecedented move, the Prime Minister today refused to answer a basic question over her Government’s immigration policy”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“Asked to defend Phil Twyford’s infamous ‘Chinese-sounding surnames’ tactics, she wouldn’t. The Prime Minister wouldn’t even leave her seat. She was simply too embarrassed over her party’s racist ploy to blame house prices on migrants.

 

“She should be embarrassed, but that is no reason to evade ministerial accountability for


Minister must intervene in Middleton case

BY ACT at 16 April, 2018


 

“The callous treatment of Mark Middleton at the hands of immigration authorities is simply outrageous and Associate Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi must put it right”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“Middleton has called New Zealand home for the last 56 years.

 

“Instead of contacting him by phone or email, Immigration NZ burst into his workplace, threw him in jail, and gave him no access to the phone.

 

“With about 10,000 overstayers


Labour set to kill GDP growth with immigration cuts

BY David Seymour at 25 July, 2017


“On immigration, Labour is even more confused than National,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Labour has constantly stated that New Zealand’s high GDP growth is caused by immigration. Now their fiscal plan depends on this growth rate continuing, despite their plan to cut immigration by up to 30,000 people.


Boris Johnson, embrace free movement between NZ, Australia, UK, and Canada

BY David Seymour at 25 July, 2017


As British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson winds up his visit, ACT Leader David Seymour is renewing calls for the introduction of a free movement zone between New Zealand and historic allies Australia, Britain, and Canada.

“In a joint statement today, Gerry Brownlee and Boris Johnson said ‘Our two countries enjoy and promote shared values – open, liberal markets, peace and security, human rights, democracy and respect for international norms.’

“This holds true for Australia and