As we predicted, the New Zealand press have at last picked up on the carping Kiwis article in the Australian Courier newspaper we wrote about yesterday.
The Herald used the example of a New Zealander living on the Gold Coast as an illustration
Tim Baker, a 40-year-old Kiwi living on the Gold Coast, wasn’t surprised by the survey results.
While Kiwi-Aussies might seem a “miserable lot”, many had good reason to grumble, he said.
“We are basically second-class citizens over here.
“I’ve moved here with my Australian wife, had three kids here who are Australians, I have worked here pretty much the whole time and I have bought property. But when I got laid off, what could I get? Nothing.”
Of course a balanced report may have questioned why Mr Baker didn’t decide use his time in employment to apply for permanent residency in Australia, why he didn’t give himself and his family long term security in their new country. This is what migrants from other countries do. It’s what migrants in New Zealand are expected to do. Why aren’t New Zealanders in Australia doing it too?
The Herald says it costs Kiwis more than migrants from other countries to obtain Australian citizenship $3800 vs. A$800 but that figure of A$800 looks very low. We think it’s because migrants from other countries have already paid out thousands for permanent residency (PR) and citizenship for them is simply a ‘top up’ to seal the deal. New Zealanders would have to start from scratch – paying for PR, waiting for the residency requirement to elapse and then going for citizenship. Some may say it’s worth the investment to obtain the security.
Currently only New Zealanders holding a special category visa before 26 February 2001 are eligible to apply for Australian citizenship straight off. Any New Zealanders arriving since then have to apply for permanent residency first, just like any other migrant group has to ” if they wish to access certain social security payments, obtain Australian citizenship or sponsor their family members for permanent residence.” source
The question here should be why aren’t Kiwis applying for PR in Australia instead of complaining that they can’t access some social security payments.
You can read the full article by the Herald here http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11241507
Interestingly, the Herald hasn’t yet allowed comments from its readers.
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