After more than 25 years of wedded bliss to a New Zealander, the man likely to become Australia's next prime minister seems blissfully unaware of discord among more recent arrivals from across the Tasman.
If the estimated 300,000 "second-class citizens" from New Zealand thought they might get a better deal from Tony Abbott after Saturday's election, that was probably dispelled by his public comments on trans-Tasman relations this week.
When asked about the group of Kiwis on temporary or special category visas in Australia, who pay billions in taxes but are denied some key benefits of permanent residency, the Liberal leader said he didn't believe "New Zealand has ever complained".
He went on to describe New Zealanders as stoical, decent people.
"I married one, I know," he said.
"Kiwis come to Australia because they think it's a great country."
That's true, but the topic of Kiwis' rights in Australia was raised with little apparent success by NZ Prime Minister John Key when he met former counterpart Julia Gillard in Queenstown in January.
Perhaps Mr Abbott hadn't been briefed by his officials or Hutt Valley-born wife Margie, unless she'd mentioned it across the breakfast table and got a "yes dear" reply from behind a newspaper.
Mrs Abbott, who moved to Sydney 18 years before Australia changed the rules for Kiwi migrants in 2001, has increased her profile during her husband's election campaign and opinion polls point to it having a happy ending.
But Kiwis shouldn't expect any favours through Mr Abbott's family ties, or Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's for that matter.
The only Australian politicians speaking out during the election campaign about alleged discrimination against Kiwi migrants have been Mr Rudd's brother Greg and fellow maverick senate candidate Pauline Hanson.
It's not much of vote-winner for them, as the vote is one right those on temporary visas lack - along with no access to the dole, social housing, disability care, etc.
The one concession to New Zealand lobbying made so far has been agreement to make student loans available from 2015 to Kiwis who've lived in Australia for 10 years.
But the election has put the enabling legislation in limbo.
And it's unlikely to be high on the agenda of a new Abbott government, according to Robert Ayson, the director of Victoria University's Centre for Strategic Studies who's on a sabbatical at the Australian National University in Canberra.
He says New Zealand may need to approach the incoming government about the legislation and other issues.
"It is up to New Zealand to stay on the Australian radar screen," he told AAP.
"I suspect the New Zealand government will want to get over the Tasman fairly quickly to remind the prime minister about issues like student loans."
Professor Ayson says New Zealand wasn't expected to feature in the Australian election campaign and it hasn't.
He stands by his prediction on the Lowy Institute for International Policy's website that "New Zealand is looking for a boringly steady economic and security partner" after Saturday's election.
Whoever wins, however, may be asking Mr Key to accept more asylum seekers from Australia, Prof Ayson says.
"Whether it's Abbott's 'Stop the boats' policy or Rudd's policy using Papua New Guinea, it could end up with New Zealand being asked to take a number of asylum seekers as it has in the past," he said.
"I don't think either Rudd or Abbott will have thought how this will affect New Zealand at all."
In February, New Zealand agreed to take 150 refugees from Australian detention centres each year.