If you are a New Zealander you have fewer rights

Australian newspapers have rejected an attempt to kickstart a campaign to get Kiwis equal rights across the ditch.

Michael Horton, former owner of the New Zealand Herald, took out an ad in The Listener last month highlighting 138 countries whose citizens can apply for Australian citizenship — including Myanmar, Iraq and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and one whose citizens can’t — New Zealand.

Mr Horton says the advert didn’t take much effort to come up with.

“One Sunday morning I woke up and that very ad was in my mind, just there in front of me like a vision from heaven,” Mr Horton told Paul Henry on Monday.

He tried to run it in a number of Sydney newspapers, including the Sydney Morning Herald, but was rejected — and doesn’t know why.

“It’s very, very unfair and unreasonable, and for us to have no right at all for New Zealanders to apply for Australian citizenship is just nonsense.

“We have the right to live there and perhaps live there for 70 years and pay taxes, but get no benefits and no pension.”

There are a couple of very tight loopholes. Kiwis who became permanent residents of Australia before 2001 can still apply, as can Kiwis who arrived between 2001 and February 2016, who have lived in the country for five years, and earn more than AU$53,900 a year.

“Australians on the other hand can come to New Zealand and draw, after one year of residency, all the benefits that a New Zealand citizen can normally claim,” says Mr Horton.

The lopsided deal was agreed to by then-Prime Ministers John Howard and Helen Clark

Helen Clark is no stranger to selling out the rights of her own people. It places her in a perfect position to become President of the World, of course, because some of us are more equal than others – and it’s not you or me.


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