A fair go demanded for New Zealanders living in Australia
New Zealand Citizens living in Australia are experiencing discrimination in areas such as employment, education, training, student loans, social security, social services, and access to Australian citizenship as a result of the amendments to the Social Security Act.
As a result of these changes, many people who live, work, pay taxes, and raise families in Australia are now never able to enjoy equal rights simply because they come from New Zealand. In short, the 2001 amendments have made an underclass out of New Zealanders. We are asking for a fair go by being recognized as residents under the Social Security Act and as permanent residents under the Australian Citizenship and Migration Act.
If this is not an embarrassment for the governments of Australia and New Zealand, then it should be.
Australians living in New Zealand have long enjoyed equal status with New Zealanders and the stance of the Australian Government smacks of one-eyed racism.
I urge all New Zealanders and Australians who believe in a fair go to sign the petition by clicking on this link: