Advance Australia fair by including Kiwis
Australia and New Zealand have a long tradition of close friendship, family ties and wartime unity. But recently, Australians have prevailed on their government to put New Zealanders at arm’s length.
|A country that needs more people. Many Kiwis drive|
trucks in the Australian Outback, but they are second class
It’s about uninformed opinion, and demands to stop Kiwis being a drag on the welfare system, and/or taking away jobs for Australians, and/or protection for Australian goods and services.
That is all absolute nonsense. Australia became a strong nation due to immigration, competition, expanding markets, and helping people no longer able to help themselves.
The close ties between New Zealand and Australia go all the way back to the arrival of the First Fleet (eleven convict ships) in 1788. Arriving in Port Jackson (Sydney), Captain Arthur Phillip declared the eastern half of Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand to be part of the British Colony of New South Wales.
Typical of colonial powers of the time, consultation with the indigenous people came later through the gun barrel.
As the colony population grew Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand were spun off as separate British colonies. South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory were colonized separately from Britain and were never part of New South Wales.
The early days in Australia were noted more for hard times than good. Trade barriers between the colonies, a harsh land and climate, and a sparse population were the cause. Sir Henry Parkes understood the problem and he devoted his life to creating a single nation from the seven colonies. The seven included New Zealand, but not the Northern Territory which came into existence later.
Parkes was finally successful in his campaign in 1901 when the Commonwealth of Australia came into being on New Year’s Day. The new nation comprised only six former colonies with New Zealand opting out. The New Zealand Premier, Richard Seddon, had his own designs of grandeur. While he titled himself Prime Minister and fancied himself leading a new Pacific nation, history has titled him King Dick.
|Mount Somers, Canterbury, New Zealand|
But the close ties between Australia and New Zealand continued for the rest of the Twentieth Century. Many people believed that the two belonged together and would eventually be united constitutionally. The ANZAC spirit, born at Gallipoli in 1915 and continued in World War II, was something that made brothers from cousins. People continued to move freely (without passports) between the two countries. There were no restrictions on residency, employment, pensions or welfare.
From 1788 until the latter part of the Twentieth Century New Zealand had a net gain in population from the two-way flow. But then in the late 1970’s the flow was in Australia’s favor as Kiwis went across the Tasman Sea for higher wages and a better lifestyle in the Lucky Country.
But that is when the uninformed opinion started hitting the fan, the crap spreading far and wide. The people who jumped on the protection bandwagon failed to grasp basic economics: New arrivals don’t take jobs away from the locals; they create extra jobs. New arrivals don’t cause local businesses to close; they create extra trade for businesses. New arrivals don’t strain the welfare system; they work hard to get established. New arrivals don’t put a strain on housing; they help build new houses.
So come on Australians. What is all the fuss about? If you can’t open your economic minds to this way of thinking, do the decent, fair-dinkum thing and open your hearts.
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