READER REPORT:

Kiwis in Aussie: We want basic rights

CHARLES PROWSE
Last updated 12:00 20/02/2013
Australia
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FAIR DEAL: New Zealanders who cross the ditch don't have the same rights as some other immigrants to Australia.

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My wife and I have lived for seventeen years in Australia between 1981-1992 and 2007-2013.

We were not living in Australia at the beginning of 2001, when the Australian Government changed the rules for New Zealanders applying for citizenship.

Our life is now here in Australia, yet we are denied the basic rights of voting at any level of Government. The Australian Government is quite happy to take our taxes, and the taxes of tens of thousands of other immigrants.

The difference is that the immigrants from other countries get all the handouts and eventual citizenship. We are frustrated at this anomaly.

We don't need or want the handouts, just the basic human right of citizenship. Whether a change of government here in Australia in September will alter anything remains to be seen.

Come hell or high water, we will continue pushing for change, along with thousands of other disenfranchised New Zealanders.


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