A massive change on immigration policy

A massive change on immigration policy
What's behind Labour's u-turn on immigration? (Image: Getty)
Pattrick Smellie
In the last week of parliament and the last week that most New Zealanders will take any notice of politics, the government has dropped a massive immigration policy bombshell.Having spent huge chunks of political capital resisting calls from the business community to swiftly ease the passage for a very wide range of migrants with skills to alleviate the demonstrable shortages throughout the economy, it has now all but capitulated.True, there had been a lot of ad hoc easing up until now, but Monday’s announcement of a wholesale broadening o...

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