READER REPORT:

I want to be an Australian

NICK CRAWFORD
Last updated 05:00 25/02/2013

Related Links

Kiwis need Aussie citizenship, not welfare Kiwis in Aussie: We want basic rights The grass really is greener in Aussie Get over it! The ditch, that is

Relevant offers

Stuff Nation

Minimum wage is not the answer Cowan brings 'control factor' to Blues They don't get badder than Walken Politicians, here's what matters to a Kiwi This is the root of New Zealand's social ills A 100-a-day, over-the-counter addiction Is Auckland's franchise singing the Blues? Tried and tested ways to happiness Spinach is my superhero of super foods Memories fade but journeys last a lifetime

I have lived in Australia for 10 years.

I have looked at joining the police force and have found that they accept New Zealand citizens. I cannot, however, join the army as only Australian citizens are eligible.

Being a Kiwi, I thought it would be no problem obtaining citizenship, being that I was allowed in to the country so easily and own a house here. I was wrong. On the Australian Immigration website there is not even an option for "New Zealanders seeking Australian citizenship". It just tells you that as a New Zealander, you are on a special visa, that's it. And that's no good to me.

I pay my taxes. I pay my rates. I have no criminal record and I volunteer for the community. However, I can't vote or even offer my life to serve the country. It doesn't seem right. I don't feel welcome in a place I now call home.

My children who were all born in Australia aren't even considered citizens. Wow.


View all contributions
Ad Feedback

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Which reader's plan would you support?

Arturo Pelayo - Community uses for vacant lots

Nick Teulon - Incentives to swap cars for bikes

Bruce Roberts - Educational support for Pasifika children

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content