When will National get the point? First the UK & now Australia treat immigration seriously

John Key fails to understand the problem, and so do Labour.

A change in government in Australia is unlikely to change the country’s hard-line immigration policy.

One-hundred-and-seventy-four New Zealanders are currently awaiting deportation after their visas were revoked.

Shane Martin — bikie and high-profile immigration deportee — had his visa cancelled in March over alleged links to the Rebels motorcycle club.

“It’s devastating,” said Shane’s brother, Dean Martin in April. “I’ve been over here 26 years and he’s all I have. It’s been him and I, and he’s a good man, no criminal convictions. They’ve got him on association. That’s not good enough.”  

Harden up cupcake, he’s not a good man: he associates with criminals and motorcycle gangs.

A crackdown on immigration laws means more power to cancel visas. They target Kiwis with criminal convictions or so-called bad characters — but could a Labour government relax Australia’s hard-line stance?

“Let’s be very clear here — these are difficult issues,” says Opposition leader Bill Shorten. “If you break the law in Australia you have to face the consequences of what you’ve done.”

As for Mr Shorten saying he’d leave the door open to use New Zealand to resettle refugees from Manus Island and Nauru, he says he stands by his comments.

But the odds aren’t looking good for Mr Shorten, and he has a big battle on his hands. His own party’s internal polling shows he’s not going to get crucial seats in Queensland, which would get the job done on Saturday.

There were more meet-and-greets and selfies on the campaign trail. It’s crucial face time, with just two days to go until Australians head to the polls.

Even if there isn’t one, the voters think there is, which is why Winston Peters is stealing National votes. A change in government in Australia is unlikely to change the country’s hard-line immigration policy.

The Aussies simply don’t want ratbags living there. They have more than enough of their own without Kiwi criminals adding to it.


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