READER REPORT:

I want to be an Australian

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

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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.


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