PM defends HIV law condemned by UN

  • 10/07/2012

The Prime Minister is defending an immigration law branded as discriminatory by a UN report.

Currently, migrants who want to take part in the Recognised Seasonal Workers scheme must take an HIV test and if the results are positive they're excluded from the scheme.

The UN Global Commission says laws like these are fuelling the AIDS epidemic.

But Prime Minister John Key says the law doesn't just target HIV.

“I think the current position is the right one I mean we are trying to protect New Zealanders and the liability and cost for New Zealanders.”

Mr Key says many migrants have their applications rejected because the Government doesn't want taxpayers to bear the cost of their medical treatment.


source: newshub archive