by Daphna Whitmore
“Auckland is creaking under the weight of too many people and not enough investment in infrastructure” according to Phil Twyford, Labour’s spokesman for housing. Twyford is again calling for cuts to immigration, after his shameful anti-Chinese campaign last year. Instead of saying let’s invest and build to make this a haven for people in need Twyford was taking a moment to bang the anti-immigration drum again.
“The Te Atatu MP said migrants were very important to New Zealand’s growth, but it was no good if the city could not house them or they were stuck in traffic jams.” So, migrants are just fodder for ‘growth’ according to Twyford. While National are also opposed to the free movement of people, they are far less inclined to peddle blatant xenophobia.
Twyford has been called out by Migrant and Refugee Rights spokesperson Gayaal Iddamalgoda who stated that we need a Left that will challenge xenophobia. As Labour is not on the left political spectrum we can expect more xenophobia from them. For those who expect better of Labour, don’t kid yourselves. Here are some articles that show that Labour has been bashing migrants a very long time:
The racist, anti-Chinese ‘dog whistle’ statement by Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford in relation to people with “Chinese-sounding surnames” buying houses in Auckland and pushing up prices to where they make housing in the city impossible for most New Zealanders to buy has prompted a range of reactions. National has rightly, but […]
The latest political poll shows Labour has not gained support through its campaign against people with Chinese-sounding names buying houses in Auckland. Tapping into prejudice and nationalism has been a proven poll booster in the past, but not this time. Their scaremongering about a ‘tsunami of Chinese investment’ has been condemned ..
Labour’s attempt to scapegoat people with “Chinese surnames” for the shortage of “affordable” house properties in Auckland is blatantly racist. Firstly, they’re not targeting people with “English surnames” or “Welsh surnames” or “pakeha surnames”. They’re targeting Chinese surnames. Racist! Secondly, when have Little, Twyford et al attacked white/New Zealand capitalists?
The following article details yet another of Labour’s racist immigration efforts – in this case the 2008 Immigration Amendment Bill. Indeed, one of the few differences between National and Labour is that the Labourites seem to be rather more racist than National when it comes to immigration. The article below appeared in The Spark, a predecessor […]
This article first appeared in one of the predecessor publications to this site, namely revolution magazine, issue 21, August-October 2003. While the names of Labour’s bigots have changed, their political position on the issue remains. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . […]
The Migrant and Refugee Rights Campaign has called a May Day March for migrant and refugee rights in Wellington. The event will begin with speeches on Cuba St, midday on Monday the 1st, before marching on Immigration New Zealand to deliver a written statement. Groups participating in the march include Changemakers Refugee Forum, the Public Service Association (PSA), the International Socialist Organisation, Peace Action Wellington, Fightback and Doing Our Bit – Double the Refugee Quota.