John Key needs to assure New Zealanders that his government knew nothing - and was in no way implicated - with Australia’s apparent policy of paying people-smugglers to keep refugees from its borders, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says.
“Today’s report from Amnesty International backs claims that Australian officials have been making cash payments to Indonesian people-smuggling rings and underlines the need for a full independent inquiry into the matter.
It is staggering that Amy Adams is only now waking up to the fact that the deportees Australia is sending back to New Zealand will need monitoring, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says.
“This new legislation is a belated attempt to cope with these deportees, some of whom have serious criminal records. It begs the question, what on earth the government has been doing for the past 11 months?
While John Key has said multiple times that he doesn’t have details about the issue of Kiwis being detained in Australia, the Government has been preparing for an influx of more than 1000 New Zealanders who have served time across the ditch, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says.
“At least six government agencies - including Police, Foreign Affairs, Health, Justice, Immigration, and Internal Affairs – have known since the beginning of this year about the detention and planned deportations.
While Serco fails spectacularly to run safe prisons in New Zealand, Kiwis are being held illegally at the notorious Serco run Christmas Island Detention centre in the Indian Ocean, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says.
“Serco’s operations at Christmas Island have been slammed by the Australian Human Rights Commission.
A damning Commerce Commission report out today highlights the failure of the Government to protect poor and vulnerable families from unscrupulous truck shops, says Labour’s Consumer Affairs Spokesperson David Shearer.
“The report found that 31 out of 32 firms it examined did not comply with their obligations under Finance and Commerce law.
Contact Energy’s decision to cut its pre-pay rates to be in line with its customers who pay monthly is good news and the company deserves credit for responding so quickly, says Labour’s Consumer Affairs Spokesperson David Shearer.
“Two months ago I took Contact to task for profiteering from pre-pay customers, stinging them with bills up to 38% more than normal electricity bills.
New figures show that the ‘big four’ Australian banks in New Zealand are creaming Kiwis, making higher profit margins here than they do across the ditch, Labour’s Consumer Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says.
“They are some of the most profitable banks in the Western world, generating a return here of 1.6 per cent pre-tax profit as a percentage of total assets last year, compared with Australia’s 1.28 per cent. (The US was 1.1 per cent and the UK 0.39 per cent).
Murray McCully must send the strongest possible message to the Nauruan Government that New Zealand does not condone its actions given the disturbing developments there, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says.
“Right now we are seeing Nauru stripped of its basic human rights and freedoms. It’s our responsibility to stand up for democracy and human rights in our region.