Face of the Day

Bill’s given us a reality check about Australia’s lack of fondness for New Zealanders

The drop in the number of Kiwis heading across the ditch is partly because they’re not getting a fair deal, says Prime Minister Bill English.

Speaking at his weekly media conference, English has made his strongest comments yet that the even break Kiwis used to be able to expect living in Australia is no longer the norm.

“What have been a set of assumptions and practices that we’ll treat each other’s citizens as if they were our citizens…we can’t assume that”…

On Monday English said the government has been waiting for the normal cycle of Kiwis heading over to Australia to resume but it’s been a couple of years now and it hasn’t happened.

“I think probably part of the reason you’ve got significantly fewer Kiwis going there is an accumulated sense that the safety net’s not the same.”

Nope.  Only New Zealand provides gold plated “safety net”.

To expect the Australians to do the same is simply ludicrous.


– Stuff

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