Media watch – Sunday

25 June 2017


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  1. sorethumb

     /  June 25, 2017

    Josie Pagani on Q & A is lecturing labour on it’s immigration policy. She doesn’t seem to believe in supply and demand as a determinant of price.
    by Josie Pagani on August 25, 2015

    Hi Barry and Ross – I agree. We need to look at immigration – talk about how much is too much. But also how we compete with other countries for the best migrants and investors who want to come and live here. Because getting those people is really hard. 
    And yes – we need to look at the problems – and prepare for them. 
    But I also believe that the free movement of working people across borders is a progressive principle. Closing borders and making lists of people of certain ethnicity to blame them for society’s ills has never come to any good – ever.

  2. Listening to Hone Harawira talking about ‘Death penalty for P importers’ (on ‘the hui’, Maori TV).. i dont necassarily agree, with everything he said, BUT one thing, I do agree with; The trade deals with China are likely ‘opening the border, with less scrutiny by customs’ (paraphrase). I hear that only a tiny portion of containers (from China) are being adequately searched.. lowest level ever, under Natz ?
    Even the cops say the focus needs to be on the importation side, rather than trying to stop it (once in the country) on the streets &/or catching the users !

    Are Natz more concerned about signing these ‘lucrative trade deals’ OR preventing increasingly larger importation of this DRUG & its precursors, that seem to be now flooding in NZ ?

  3. Blazer

     /  June 25, 2017

    how else do you expect anyone to afford to buy a house…in Auckland.

    • Zedd

       /  June 25, 2017

      sadly.. correct Blazer 😦

      but I also wonder if its why Natz are so staunchly anti-herbal ? (protecting their investments)