Im­mi­gra­tion in per­spec­tive

The New Zealand Herald - - EDITORIAL & LETTERS -

Dur­ing this elec­tion cam­paign we have seen a lot of scare­mon­ger­ing about im­mi­gra­tion.

The Nether­lands has ap­prox­i­mately one sixth of our land mass and three and a half times our pop­u­la­tion. They are the num­ber two pro­ducer of food in the world. Are they belly­ach­ing about too many peo­ple? No. Nor should we.

Cur­rently and for the last nine years we have a very good Gov­ern­ment tak­ing us through dif­fi­cult times that no gov­ern­ment has had to face in New Zealand for many, many years.

We have risen above these tri­als to where we are ranked among the best coun­tries in the world. Our en­ter­prise and re­sul­tant ex­port earn­ings have risen to record lev­els through sound gov­ern­ment poli­cies and sup­port.

We can­not af­ford to tam­per with our trade agree­ments with other coun­tries. We can­not af­ford un­known taxes. We can­not af­ford un­known poli­cies. We can­not af­ford to re­duce our work force.

Jim Radich, Hills­bor­ough.

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