Submissions due: Immigration Bill 2007
October 2007Update: 11 October - thanks to the efforts of the Human Rights Foundation, the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee has today extended the deadline for submissions on the Immigration Bill by three weeks - the new closing date is Friday, 2 November.
The Immigration Bill was introduced in parliament on 8 August and had its first reading on 16 August, where it was supported by all the political parties except for the Maori Party and the Greens. The Bill will be considered by the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee. There are three parts to the action alert below:
Analysis and comment on the Bill
This section has links to information about the content of the Immigration Bill and the problems with it, the Attorney General's advice on its consistency with the Bill of Rights Act, where you can get a copy of the Bill, the Hansard record of the first reading debate, and the list of members of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee.
Analysis and comment
How you can make a submission on the Bill
While the closing date for submissions is currently Friday, 12 October, the Human Rights Foundation has sent a letter (endorsed by Amnesty International) to the Chairperson of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee pointing out that the two month period between the Bill's introduction on August 8 and the submission deadline is grossly insufficient for a Bill of such complexity and importance, and requesting a general extension of the deadline.
Whether or not the Committee will agree to an extension is unknown at this point in time, so if you do wish to make a submission on the Bill, it would be wise to get at least a preliminary written submission to the Clerk of the Committee by 12 October, with a note saying that more information will follow and / or stating you wish to make an oral submission.
The Committee will accept submissions sent by email providing the submission is no more than ten A4 pages in total and is attached as a Word document.
If your submission is more than ten A4 pages, or you prefer to send a hard copy, two copies of your submission should be posted to The Clerk, Transport and Industrial Relations Committee, Parliament Buildings, Molesworth Street, Wellington 6160.
If you are planning on including any information of a private or personal nature in your submission, you should first discuss this with the Clerk of the Committee, tel (04) 471 9536, because submissions are usually released to the public. If you wish to appear before the committee to speak to your submission, you should state this clearly and provide a daytime telephone contact number. To assist with administration please supply your postcode and an email address if you have one.
Immigration Bill public meeting, Wednesday, 3 October 2007
Dr Rodney Harrison, QC, Deborah Manning and Margaret Taylor, Amnesty International discuss this draconian Bill, 5pm, Lynfield Room, Fickling Centre, 546 Mt Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland - all welcome. Organised by the Human Rights Foundation, Amnesty International, and the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand, contact email@example.com A printable A4 poster for the meeting is available here and the associated media release is available here.