Kiwis living long-term locked out of Aussie elections- democracy?

 As Australia rolls towards the polls this Saturday, election talk is everywhere: seeping into cafes, dining rooms and cold nights at the pub. While public confidence in the schoolyard barbs and robotic debates of the main party leaders is dubious, there’s still a feverish expectation in the air. Or maybe it’s just the promise of Australia’s traditional election fare,…

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Key, Turnbull agree on NZ citizen deal

Malcolm Turnbull and John Key have agreed on an easier way for New Zealanders to become Australian citizens. New Zealanders who have lived and worked in Australia for five years or more will get easier access to citizenship under a new deal. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull met with his NZ counterpart John Key in Sydney…

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Kiwis rally for rights in Australia

NEW Zealanders will rally together in cities around Australia to protest what they call unjust and discriminative immigration laws. The rallies on Wednesday, organised by the Iwi n Aus Foundation, will take place in Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales, Western Australia and Victoria. About 300,000 New Zealanders live across the Tasman on special category…

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Some Kiwi students to get Australian loans

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has confirmed his government will start making student loans available to young New Zealanders who have lived in the country for at least 10 years. The announcement came after Mr Abbott met Prime Minister John Key in Sydney on Friday. Under the proposal, New Zealanders under the age of 18…

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Abbott happy with current NZ welfare deal

NEW Zealanders in Australia ineligible for welfare benefits look unlikely to receive fairer treatment anytime soon, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying he’s very happy with the current situation. There are 300,000 New Zealanders on special category visas in Australia, paying billions of dollars in taxes but who are denied some key benefits of permanent…

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NZ excluded from visa rort concern

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard won’t change arrangements for New Zealanders moving to Australia, despite her concerns about overseas workers taking jobs Australians can do. She says some companies were rorting Australia’s “457” temporary visa system for foreign workers – supporting the call by certain unions for more involvement by local workers and suppliers in…

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Good news for New Zealand citizens in Oz

Previously, under proposed 1 July 2012 changes to the Permanent Employment Scheme (ENS/RSMS), Special Category (444) visas and 461 NZ family Residence visas (amongst others) were excluded from the Temporary Residence Transitional stream to ENS as this was restricted to 457 visa holders only. The implication was  that New Zealand citizens could only apply through…

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NZ citizens in Oz snookered by 1 July 2012 changes

Bad news is on the horizon for New Zealand holders of Special Category  (sc 444) and New Zealand Family Residence (sc 461) visas, with the proposed revamp of the existing 2 year temporary visa pathway to permanent residence through the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS). Under the current on-shore ENS visa regulations, there are a number of temporary…

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