Labour going into battle for Australian-based Kiwis. Is this their missing million?

Labour is seeking the missing million still, so they have toddled off to Australia to extend their criminal, rapist and murderer hugging to those who bailed out on NZ.

There’s little remaining sentiment that Kiwis in Australia are bludgers – and their rights must be restored, Labour says.

Phil Goff was foreign minister when Australia slashed Kiwi arrivals’ rights in 2001 and will travel to Canberra to lobby on the issue on Wednesday.

Mr Goff, who today announced his bid for Auckland’s mayoralty, will be joined on Australian trip by Labour leader Andrew Little.

They will also travel to Sydney and visit the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre, to talk to New Zealanders detained under toughened immigration laws.

Mr Goff said the detention issue had made headlines, but the current rules affecting hundreds of thousands of law-abiding Kiwis in Australia were “patently unjust”.

“One case referred to me, a man had a brain tumour, then was not entitled to a sickness benefit. He got health treatment, because that is reciprocal, but…he actually wasn’t in a position to travel back to New Zealand because of his sickness.”

Is this the same Mr Philip Bruce Goff who was a minister under Helen Clark when she gave away all those rights when she had her arm twisted by the Australian government? Is this the same Philip Bruce Goff who was Helen Clark’s Foreign Minister when they decided to cave to the Australian government?

I wonder what he said in cabinet at the time? He gives us a little bit of an inkling.

Both Labour and National-led Governments have been lobbying for change since Kiwis’ rights were greatly reduced in February 2001 by John Howard’s Liberal Government.

The new rules meant Kiwis arriving to live in Australia were issued with special visas, under which they have no welfare safety nets in case of injury or misfortune, cannot vote and have no automatic path to permanent residency or citizenship.

Mr Goff told the Herald that when the Australian Government was looking to introduce the new rules, it had asked New Zealand to pay $1 billion a year to cover expat Kiwis’ welfare costs. Australia was also worried New Zealand was being used as a back door by migrants from the Pacific and Asia.

New Zealand Treasury provided information that showed Australia took in much more than that in tax from the group.

“We said no,” Mr Goff said. “That would have been Australia double-dipping…in the end, the only agreement we could reach, apart from superannuation, was that it was up to each country to take the action that they thought necessary.”

And now he is moaning about it…he was in the cabinet, they made the decision and now he moans?

Andrew Little wants the rights that Helen Clark and Phil Goff gave away restored? What about Australian rights to run their country how they see fit?

What about the rights of the victims of the crimes performed by the Kiwi criminals who are now being extradited?

Why doesn’t Labour fight for victims’ rights instead of criminals’ rights?

Perhaps it is just as well Andrew Little is away, that way he won’t have to face caucus with his dreadful poll numbers from last night.


– NZ Herald

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