NZ’s sovereignty safe in mi­gra­tion com­pact

The Dominion Post - - Opinion -

Once again we see political par­ties know­ingly and cav­a­lierly mis­lead­ing the pub­lic about an im­por­tant is­sue, this time the con­tents of the Global Com­pact on Mi­gra­tion, so that cor­re­spon­dents like Erin O’Con­nell (Let­ters, Dec 6) get on their poorly bred high horses. Ac­cord­ing to her (and Na­tional’s Todd McClay, who ought to know bet­ter), New Zealand is ‘‘pre­pared to sign away her sovereignty’’.

What does the com­pact say? ‘‘Na­tional sovereignty: the Global Com­pact reaf­firms the sov­er­eign right of states to de­ter­mine their na­tional mi­gra­tion pol­icy and their pre­rog­a­tive to gov­ern mi­gra­tion within their ju­ris­dic­tion, in con­form­ity with in­ter­na­tional law.’’

So what’s new? And what’s to fear? Win­ston Peters told McClay ex­plic­itly in Ques­tion Time that he was wrong, yet out­side the House he con­tin­ued to ped­dle the same rub­bish. Why, to use his words, do ‘‘a lot of NZers have the same con­cerns as Aus­tralia and the US’’? Be­cause they are de­lib­er­ately mis­led by politi­cians.

Graeme Buchanan, Karaka Bays [abridged]

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