Some bright-eyed Kiwis rushing to
The Promised Land Australia, are preferring to be left to sleep rough in parks or under bridges rather than be flown back to New Zealand care of the Australian tax payer.
Sharon Turner, of the Gold Coast Youth Service, said it had helped two youths return to New Zealand because they could not access housing or welfare in Queensland.
Many more homeless young Kiwis had turned down the offer, she said.
“We do see and support a lot more young people who prefer to stay on the Gold Coast with limited to no options,” she said.
Apparently “our best and brightest” include people that don’t know the following:
New Zealanders are automatically issued with special visas on arrival in Australia, allowing them to live and work there indefinitely.
However, special-visa holders are refused access to most social support available to other long-term residents, including unemployment payments.
In Queensland, these restrictions extend to public housing and disability support.
The restricted support has also been blamed for growing poverty among New Zealanders in Queensland.