It’s a pretty sad sign that you have to get an Aussie to come be your headline act at your own Congress.
Australia’s Labor Party leader Bill Shorten said he believes further improvements can be made to the rights of New Zealanders living in Australia, but stopped short of making any specific commitments.
Mr Shorten and Labour leader David Cunliffe held talks yesterday after Mr Shorten travelled over to speak at the Labour Party’s election year Congress today.
It is believed to be the first time the leader of Australia’s Labor Party has addressed its New Zealand counterpart’s annual conference.
Mr Shorten said he and Mr Cunliffe had discussed the long-standing issue of New Zealanders being denied benefits such as social security assistance in Australia, while Australians did qualify for those measures here.
“We do believe we could do more work to investigate what further improvements could be made to make the lives of New Zealanders living in Australia, and Australians living in New Zealand easier.
There’s nothing specific in terms of making a commitment today, but I recognise Australia benefits from the contribution of permanent residents born in New Zealand and we should make sure where there are bureaucratic red tape problems that we work together to eliminate them in the best interests of both our people.”
Shorten and Cunliffe make a good pair. Â Hot air to fill empty promises are their trademark.Â Read more »