Kiwis in Oz protest

Last updated 18:27 26/02/2014
Kiwis in Australia protest
FAIRNESS CALL: The Kiwis in Australia say New Zealanders were being disadvantaged.

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Kiwis living in Australia are protesting across the country at what they describe as "barbaric" immigration laws.

The group called "Iwi n Aus" launched protests in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast today.

It said New Zealanders were being disadvantaged and penalised due to laws that restrict Kiwis living in Australia on special category visas from accessing disability care, welfare and social housing.

"We step forward as a collective of people united, standing for equality, dignity and human rights for everyone who has been affected by this barbaric legislation placed on New Zealanders living in Australia," the group said in a post on its Facebook page.

"Iwi n Aus has and always will be about all of us connecting, supporting, uniting and in essence belonging.

"As individuals we have experienced many different things.

"We are now standing together bringing all of those experiences to be heard."

The protest was about ensuring the rights of Kiwis' Australia-born children and grandchildren.

"The system that is in place is not working and sadly many of the repercussions and consequences are being placed upon our children and our grandchildren," the group said.

"We stand united together in true Anzac spirit fighting to change a system denying dignity and inclusion because we migrate from Aotearoa/New Zealand."

Young children at the protest in Melbourne near the Victorian parliament steps held signs saying: "Give Kiwis a fair go!" and "I am an Aussie Kiwi mix".

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- Fairfax Media

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