Judith goes seal clubbing again

Judith Collins continues to show opposition MPs how to club baby seals.

Step one is the set up. Judith hit Phil Twyford at question time on Tuesday:

Step two is taking the hakapik to Twyford on Wednesday:

Step three is enjoy the news headlines: Quote:

The Government plans to make it easier for foreign building and construction workers to be hired to get its KiwiBuild programme and other projects moving.

It is proposing a new KiwiBuild skills shortage list. That is in addition to the existing immediate skills shortage list, Canterbury skills shortage list and long-term skills shortage list.

There would be an easier process for companies who met certain requirements to recruit foreign tradespeople from overseas, and labour hire companies could gain accreditation to also recruit from overseas, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway and Building and Construction Minister Jenny Salesa announced today.

The visas issued to the foreign workers would be for only a limited time as the local workforce was built up, but Lees-Galloway could not put a timeframe on that today.

“We want to make it absolutely clear that this is a temporary solution.”

It is estimated that the country is around 30,000 short of the workers it needs for all the housing and infrastructure work planned.

That includes the Government’s promise to deliver 100,000 homes in 10 years. End quote.

And, pray tell, where are these immigrant builders supposed to live? I thought we had a housing crisis? Will there be Dubai-style migrant worker camps?? Quote:

In the lead-up to last year’s election, Labour campaigned on immigration cuts of 20,000 to 30,000 through tightening visa requirements and introducing a “Kiwibuild Visa”. That idea, in which residential building firms would have to train a local if they hired a worker from overseas, has now been dropped.

National leader Simon Bridges today called it “rank hypocrisy” that Labour was going to slash immigration before the election but now acknowledged a need for skilled migrants.

“We’ve always said actually you need sensible immigration for the skills and the capital they bring and now it seems very belatedly the Government’s come around to this.”

Housing Minister Phil Twyford, who this week asked for registrations of interest from New Zealand and overseas in setting up factories to make KiwiBuild houses, yesterday said in Parliament that the Government was not planning on bringing in workers from overseas.

Today National’s housing spokeswoman Judith Collins asked Twyford what discussions he’d had with Salesa about bringing in “1500 KiwiBuild Visa workers from overseas to build KiwiBuild houses”.

Twyford said he’d had many discussions with Salesa.

A Cabinet paper from Salesa on the action plan on construction skills suggests one way of increasing New Zealand’s own workforce is the “Dole for Apprenticeships” scheme.

The scheme would give employers a wage subsidy for offering apprenticeships and full-time, permanent work to those on benefits, particularly young people.

The Cabinet paper also acknowledged that KiwiBuild’s use of modular building methods would change the skills and labour needs of the workforce and require “significant investment” by the sector in new technology. End quote.

On Tuesday Phil Twyford told the house that there were no plans for migrant workers. On Wednesday he announced that the government was bringing in migrant workers. The man is a flat-out liar. His hubris will bring him down.

Judith Collins just clubs him every question time now. Twyford must be developing an advanced case of PTSD, and every morning of question time as 11am approaches his heart must race in fear.

If only Simon Bridges could learn this, and stop hogging questions and getting beat up day in and day out in parliament.