Friday, February 19, 2016

WELL DONE JOHN KEY

If the news as reported by TV1 that the PM has managed to negotiate with Malcolm Turnbull a pathway for NZ citizens who have lived in Australia for five years or more to become Australian citizens is correct ... then he deserves our congratulations.

As with any announcement the devil will be in the detail.

Fixing up the mess that Helen Clark created when she rolled over to Australian pressure in 2002.

Well done John Key.

Updated ... I see that both David Shearer from Labour and Kennedy Graham from the Greens have acknowledged Key for a job well done.   That won't have done them any favours with their respective Party leaders.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

The devils in the detail.

“Mr Turnbull announced that New Zealanders on special category visas who have lived in Australia for five years or more and earned assessable income of more than $54,000 - the indexed current minimum for 457 visa workers - would be able to apply for citizenship.”

Previously it was

“Have been living in Australia on a valid Australian visa for four years immediately before applying which must include the last 12 months as a permanent resident.”

Anonymous said...

media claims
"If they earned A$53,000 over five consecutive years ($57,000) between 2001 and today, they will eventually be able to apply for permanent residence and eventually apply for citizenship."

The application process time for Australian permanent residence is around 18 months after that through the hoops for citizenship.

Redbaiter said...

Pity he hasn't got the balls to fix Helen Clark's stuff ups in NZ.

alwyn said...

There wasn't a damn thing Helen Clark could have done about the Australian Government action in 2001. What did you expect? A declaration of war?
The only thing I fault her for is that when she returned she didn't spell out forcefully to the New Zealand public and in particular anyone thinking of crossing the ditch what the new conditions were. People were encouraged to think that everything was basically the same. They should have been told that without getting a standard visa like someone from any other country they couldn't ever get citizenship.

The Veteran said...

Alwyn ... you mean she couldn't negotiate with an Aust Labor Government in the same way Key negotiated with an Aust Coalition Government. Sez much about Labor/Labour relations and much about Helen Clark.

alwyn said...

Um. You may have to read up on Australian history.
The Prime Minister at the time, and for the following 6 years was a gentleman named John Howard. He was a Liberal.

The Veteran said...

alwyn ... senior moment, apology. Of course you're right. It was Howard in 2001. So I need to rephrase that. Helen Clark wasn't up to negotiating with a Liberal Government over the matter or renegotiating it with a Labor Government when they came to power in 2007.

The Veteran said...

alwyn ... senior moment, apology. Of course you're right. It was Howard in 2001. So I need to rephrase that. Helen Clark wasn't up to negotiating with a Liberal Government over the matter or renegotiating it with a Labor Government when they came to power in 2007.