Ten years later, the same shit's turned up here, where we have very few backward Muslims but apparently a great many equally-backward right-wingers. Their leader, one Bill English, claims that actually it's OK because NZ workers are lazy drug-addicts so local employers sadly have no choice but to bring in Third World labour (overseas readers may be astonished to learn that this lackwit English isn't the leader of some minor neo-fascist party, but the Prime Minister of New Zealand).
The Prime Oaf offers only anecdotes for his claims about local workers, for the excellent reason that the data proves him wrong so mentioning it would be a bad idea. The people benefiting from this adoption of Middle East practice are eagerly maintaining the supply of anecdotes, as witnessed by this story in Stuff:
Cross Country Recruitment managing director Ben De'Ath said that since December 4, 2016, 21 individual farm owners have contacted him seeking new staff because they have had to instantly dismiss staff due to failed drug tests for methamphetamine or cannabis.
The implication here is that staff have been sacked for being impaired by drugs at work. That implication is a lie - the staff have actually been sacked for failing a drug test showing they consumed a recreational drug in the last few days (methamphetamine) or the last month (cannabis).
To get an idea of just how stupid that is, picture a regime in which employers and politicians must instantly be barred from their workplaces if random drug testing shows they consumed alcohol in the last few days, and union leaders were making speeches in which they claim we need to bring in employers and politicians from the Third World because locals clearly aren't up to the job. It's a very, very painful level of stupid.
But surely Mr De'Ath isn't very, very stupid? Well no, he isn't. He explains:
De'Ath said his company started to record why vacancies were arising in December because it helped make a case to Immigration New Zealand for foreign workers on behalf of farm owners.
Not stupid at all. Employers need the drug testing and the resulting anecdotes because it helps them make a case for replacing local workers with cheap, exploitable Third World labour. Helping take New Zealand to the ethical level of Gulf Arab countries - that does actually seem like a suitable epitaph for the current government.