Saturday, 1 March 2008

Captain Sensible says migrants using NZ as a 'Transit Lounge'

Ah, Peter Dunne's a funny old character. Leader of the United Future political party, which has swallowed up more minor parties than Benson-Pope has swallowed tennis balls (Future New Zealand, Advance New Zealand, Ethnic Minority Party, New Zealand Conservative Party, Outdoor Recreation Party and WIN Party).

Dunne likes to promote himself as "common sense", and does occasionally come out with the odd sensible thing, despite having propped up the Labour-led minority Government for the last few terms.

This week he has hit the headlines, over his claims that New Zealand is being used "as a giant transit lounge by immigrants who come here, gain citizenship and then go to Australia" (a situation no doubt accelerated by dissatisfaction with the Clark-led Government).

Figures released by Dunne showed almost 30% of New Zealand migrants to Australia over the last 7 years were actually born overseas.
"It's a serious concern that many migrants to New Zealand are coming here to gain their citizenship, but then choosing to leave for the greener pastures of Australia," he said.

"We rely heavily on overseas migrants to bolster and fill the gaps in our workforce... If we are losing large numbers of skilled migrants to Australia, then our economy is in big trouble."
Dunne says the Labour Party have been in denial for a long time about the pace of the exodus. National says it's been warning for two years that the exodus to Australia is a serious threat to the economy.

In January 2008 alone, 5017 New Zealand citizens left for Australia on a permanent or long term basis, but just less than 800 came back... which works out to a net loss of 4,222.

The increasingly busy departure gates have probably been accelerated by the likes of generous tax cuts and strong growth in Australia, against the arrogant Scrooge-like policies of Finance Minister Michael Cullen, and a massive increase in wasteful spending on Government departments and the State sector.

* Stuff: NZ 'giant transit lounge' for migrants to Oz

* Stuff: Record numbers head to Australia

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    i find it interesting that they use NZ as a transit point, why not the neighboring countries for that matter....