Until 2001 we were effectively moving back and forth across the Tasman seeking work in one big market. My mother for example was born in Perth. Her parents were migrants from England and Europe. They spent time in Kalgoorlie before settling in Auckland.
In the 1970s, two of my brothers made the return trip – settling in Sydney. As was the tradition they retained their New Zealand citizenship but enjoy all the rights of Australian citizens.
All this changed in February 2001 when the Australian Government reacting to hysteria about Kiwi bludgers drew a line in the relationship, cancelling for future Kiwi migrants many of the traditional ‘citizenship rights New Zealanders had until then received.
These second-class Kiwis lost rights to unemployment benefits – student loans and depending on which state they lived in assorted other social benefits and support.
Last November this divide was widened with a law making any Kiwi convicted of a child-sex crime or sentenced to a year or more in prison automatically subject to loss of visa and deportation to New Zealand.
The law is retrospective and cumulative and since its passage immigration officials have been actively dredging through old records and rounding Kiwis up –
– often in dawn raids reminiscent of the overstayer raids in Auckland of the late 1970s.
(ed:..instead of just sitting down and accepting this shit – as we usually do..
i think we should nationalise their banks..then their supermarket chain..
..that’ll make them wake up and pay attention..)