Thursday, March 31, 2016

Labour does the right thing on refugees

The petition to double New Zealand's refugee quota will be presented to parliament this afternoon. Meanwhile, it has already produced change, with the Labour Party committing to double the quota:

The Labour Party would double New Zealand's refugee quota to 1500.

Currently the number of refugees allowed into the country is 750.

A petition from 20,000 New Zealanders will be presented at Parliament on Thursday, calling for the Government to do the same.

Its good to see Labour joining the Greens in doing the right thing. The real question now is whether the government will join them, or whether they'll continue to sit on their hands and do nothing in the face of a terrible global crisis.

(Of course, doubling the quota isn't enough. But it would be a start...)