Wednesday, January 16, 2013

No welfare for Kiwis in Australia? So be it

I'm out of step with public opinion on this one. Australia has every right to its political autonomy. If the government doesn't want to pay welfare and accord other privileges to New Zealanders who move there, that's their call. You can out up all the arguments the NZ Herald is making about paying tax, being productive etc. But the current rules have been in place since 2001. People heading over there should be well aware that they will need to support themselves through work or savings. It's just a damn shame that people prepared to do this are lost to New Zealand.

9 comments:

Mark Hubbard said...

Well put again.

Kiwiwit said...

I went to Australia when I was 18. Times were tough there and I soon ran out of money and had to take jobs I would not normally have considered. It taught me some valuable life lessons, the most important being that I could survive anywhere without depending on anyone else. As you say, it is a shame that people here do not learn the same lessons.

Simon said...

The rules in place in 2001 were put there by the Clark regime not the Austs.

Clark thought without so called welfare safety it would help stop NZers going to Aust. Aust has always made Clark look like a fool.

Anonymous said...

We have enough welfare mums and dole bludgers in Australia, and now it seems a new generation of welfare loving immigrants.
http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/welfare-underpins-the-regular-abuse-of-children-20130115-2crh2.html

Anonymous said...

My daughter (DPB'ry) is going there with her "partner" shortly. Her partner just lost his job there but was only making $18 per hour. She is a qualified real estate agent (but too honest to be really good at it) and no mug (except with men) but was surprised when I warned her that there's no welfare. Could be the making of her.

I've always told my kids I'll bring them home if it goes pear shaped but I'm not funding a lifestyle choice she can't afford. Neither should taxpayers.

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Paulus said...

My cousin - a very senior Public Servant in Canberra has told me often that if Australia had the courage it would stop New Zealanders from open access to Australia. It causes considerable friction in Immigration circles.
He believes that it will happen, when all New Zealanders will require visas like everybody else.
There is very little public or political sympathy for us, as we continue to be seen to be bludgers.

Moshé said...

100% in agreement with the sentiment expressed in your article.

Anonymous said...

The sad part about all of this is the numbers of people prepared to move to OZ and work without a backstop (welfare).They are the people NZ needs.From what I can see on my frequent trips to OZ is that Nzers are good workers.They have a better work ethic than the average OZ.Ozzies have poor customer service & slack attitudes about work.That is why they are often negative about NZers.They see them as a serious threat.My general impression of Ozzies is that they are very 'spoilt',overindulgent,soft,entitled,whinging and horribly rascist in a very ignorant way.Australia has very many very sucessful NZers living there.It also has a lot of NZers that would be on Welfare in NZ.They are working over there and having a better life with employment laws that are not so stiffling and able to be abused.Like they actually get overtime rates.There are regulations to ridiculous split shifts.Redundancy isnt just for civil servants.On top of that the OZ govt is very generous to families and people on lower incomes to allow them to choose to have one parent stay home to run home and family.They actually encourage this.This help is also available to NZers.

Anonymous said...

Disgusting generalisation about Aussies. No wonder we don't want you here.