Winston Peters’ continued refusal to make a decision and tell the public what New Zealand’s position on the United Nations Global Compact on Migration is shameful, National’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson Todd McClay says.
“This morning the Prime Minister confirmed that a final decision is yet to be made on whether New Zealand is signing up to the Global Compact on Migration or not and we are all waiting on the Foreign Affairs Minister, Winston Peters, to make up his mind.
“It beggars belief that the Foreign Minister is still considering what New Zealand’s decision will be.
“The Government has been negotiating this agreement since February, and the Minister signed off on our negotiating position then. The Minister also received a final draft in July, and New Zealand attended the adoption meeting in Morocco last week and yet New Zealanders are still being kept in the dark.
“This is a serious matter. When New Zealand commits to frameworks such as these on the global stage, it is the public’s interests at stake.
“But even after weeks of questioning by National, the Government seems no closer to providing information on whether they will commit us to this United Nations framework.
“New Zealanders deserve better.
“National is committed to a fair and open system of immigration that values the contribution migrants bring to New Zealand. But it is for New Zealand to set the rules and policies that work for us – not this United Nations framework.”