The Daily Post first reported the details of the Labour (Work Permits) Act only after it was passed in Parliament. This was the first chance for the public to see what was in it.

It would have been better to say what we have to say before anything was tabled in Parliament. But what’s done is done.

We are reluctantly forced to conclude that the Act as recently amended is bad law. It simply can’t achieve what it was designed to achieve.

This isn’t a partisan or political issue. It’s not passing judgment on Internal Affairs Minister Andrew Napuat or his colleagues in the Council of Ministers.

It’s a simple matter of mathematics.

In a population of less than 300,000 people, there just aren’t enough skilled workers to fill all the skilled employment positions a country requires. That’s a statistical fact.

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