Always Czech with your mother

Iain Lees-Galloway. Minister for forgetting what tweets he sent while in Opposition!

Clearly, the Sroubek saga has a few instalments still to run before we reach the final episode. This from the Hansard recording of Question 11 in the House on Tuesday:? Quote.

Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE (National) to the Minister of Immigration: What progress, if any, has been made with the currently suspended Parent Category visa, which was temporarily closed to new applications in 2016?

Hon IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY (Minister of Immigration): I am currently considering advice from officials on the timing and conditions under which the category may be reopened and queued applications selected for assessment.

Hon Michael Woodhouse: Was Mila Srobkova, a recent arrival from the Czech Republic and mother of Karel Sroubek, granted a parent category visa on arrival?

Hon IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY: I have absolutely no idea. If the member wants to put that down in writing, go ahead.

Hon Michael Woodhouse: Has the Minister been asked for a special direction to grant Ms Srobkova a parent category visa?


Hon Michael Woodhouse: If the Minister is required to consider a special direction for Ms Srobkova, will he ensure that the Court of Appeal judge’s description of her involvement in the importation of ecstasy with her son will be taken into account?

Hon IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY: I’m not commenting on a hypothetical application. [Interruption]

SPEAKER: Order! This is a serious matter and the member deserves the respect of being heard in asking the question rather than having laughter from his colleagues.

Hon Michael Woodhouse: What assurance can he give to the thousands of parents of hard-working recent migrants that any application by Mr Sroubek’s mother to remain in New Zealand permanently would not be favoured over their own?

Hon IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY: Oh, I would imagine that immigration officials would consider every application on its merits and it would be dealt with appropriately. End quote.

Umm?? Really?

” […] immigration officials would consider every application on its merits and it would be dealt with appropriately.”? Oh, just like they considered the application of a drug importer/dealer who arrived on a false passport on its merits and dealt with that one appropriately.

Why am I not feeling confident at this moment?