Earlier this week various media outlets were carrying reports of a new speech on immigration from Green Party co-leader James Shaw. In both Stuff and the Herald, articles were headed “Green Party apologises for anti-immigration pandering. To be fair to Shaw, that wasn’t quite what he said.
A year or so ago, the Greens came out with a new policy on immigration. The aim was to produce annual population growth of around 1 per cent, and they would adjust immigration policy settings (in light of changes in rates of natural increase or of the comings and goings of New Zealanders) to meet such a target. At the time they talked a lot about the pressure points that really big net migration inflows caused. Shaw told Radio New Zealand
“We know that immigration is becoming more of a concern for people and in my experience the…
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