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The Government has already committed millions more dollars to taking more refugees revealing Winston Peters’ undermining of the Prime Minister to be even more deliberate, National’s Immigration spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

“In spite of Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway’s denials and accusations in Parliament today, the Government committed almost $14 million in capital and operational funding in this year’s Budget to build and operate two new blocks at the recently rebuilt Mangere Refugee Resettlement centre to accommodate more refugees.

“Budget documents clearly explain that ‘this funding will provide two additional accommodation blocks at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre which would support an increase in the Refugee Quota to 1500 per annum’.

“It shows the Government was proceeding with the increase until Mr Peters emphatically pulled the rug out from under the Prime Minister with his comments in Nauru. The fact that no one from Labour has called him on it shows how dysfunctional this Government really is.

“What makes the matter worse is that rather than constructing empty buildings, that money could be going towards improving the lives of New Zealanders. Let’s not forget the Government is blaming its axing of the likes of cochlear implants, camps for at-risk young people and its broken promise of free GP visits on a lack of funding.

“This is yet more proof of an increasingly unstable coalition Government which can’t be trusted to put New Zealanders first by keeping its promises.”

A copy of the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre proposal is available here.

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