Here’s a surprise: Aussies ignore the Andy and Phil grandstanding show

Andrew Little and Phil Goff have trotted off to Australia to kick sand in their faces and tell them how to run their own country.

Unfortunately for them the Aussies are having none of it.

Australia won’t budge on deportations and shows little appetite to examine support for Kiwi expats – but Labour senses softer ground among politicians from both major parties.

Labour leader Andrew Little and MP Phil Goff have completed a day of lobbying in Canberra after meeting Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and Opposition leader Bill Shorten.

They received little encouragement from Mr Dutton, except for a promise to look at any individual deportation cases raised by Labour.   

“There wasn’t a eureka moment where he said, ‘Oh no, I’ve got it all wrong but it was useful to have the opportunity to put the case and put the arguments,” said Mr Little, who will tomorrow visit Sydney’s Villawood Immigration Detention Centre.

“Talking to other MPs shows that there is, I think, an appetite to reconsider some of the policy issues and over time we may well see a change.”An estimated 250,000 to 350,000 Kiwis living in Australia on “non protected” visas have few welfare safety nets, and no automatic path to permanent residency or citizenship.

In other words they were ignored and the trip was a failure.

No one listens to Andrew Little in New Zealand, except the Media Party, and now no one is listening to him in Australia.

The sad part is we paid for his trip over there.


– NZ Herald


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