Kiwis in Oz will not get easy access to residency
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will not give New Zealand citizens residing in the country easier access to citizenship or government support such as taxpayer benefits. There are currently around 200,000 Kiwis living in Australia. Many say that although as skilled migrants they are permitted to apply for permanent residency the system is too expensive and complicated to make it an option.
Those in Australia on a temporary visa do not have access to student loans, voting rights or welfare. Oz Kiwi spokesman Timothy Gassin said it was easy enough for New Zealanders to get into Australia but that they often had more difficulty obtaining permanent visas than residents of other countries.
He added that there had always been free movement across the Tasman but that those living permanently in Australia on temporary visas were not being granted access to the rights of those who are on permanent paperwork.
Oz Kiwi has produced a paper that shows how the rights of Kiwis residing in Australia have been gradually stripped away. Since 2001, New Zealanders have lost access to study assistance schemes, the Youth Allowance and the New Start Allowance, according to the report.
Mr Gassin is also concerned that children born in Australia to Kiwi parents can have their eligibility to citizenship revoked if they leave Australia before their tenth birthday.
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