Queen City Law principal Marcus Beveridge says the foul-up by Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway in respect of Karel Sroubek case makes New Zealand look like a banana republic and he should go.
“He’s brought the portfolio into disrepute. He’s also made the Immigration department the subject of red-hot vitriol on talkback over the last couple of weeks… There’s a lot of really good people in the department, and he’s made them look like a bunch of plonkers.”
Mr Lees-Galloway initially said he made the recommendation on Sroubek based upon advice he had received but after an hour’s look at the file.
Marcus Beveridge has had over three decades’ experience in immigration law and told the AM Show today that he finds the Immigration Minister’s actions and comments hard to believe.
“If you met them and you understood them, you’d think, ‘These guys are smart guys.’… They do a good job. [Associate Minister of Immigration] Kris Faafoi does 90 percent, so the minister doesn’t do much heavy lifting. The minister does very little heavy lifting. He only really gets involved in things like excluded person – major criminals and so on – where he actually exercises his discretion. In this case he just stuffed it up.”