Waving flag of Australia and New Zealand

Want a Quick Way into Australia? Just Go Through NZ

We’re a bit peeved with New Zealand at the moment, and rightfully so.

They just don’t seem to understand that our ‘special relationship’ can’t work if backdoor migration isn’t clamped down on.

What’s the big deal?

Well, we currently have a bilateral deal with the Kiwis that essentially allows free movement of peoples between our countries.

It’s a great deal when immigration is effectively enforced in both countries. We can live, study and work a short hop away, without applying for a visa beforehand. It’s as hard as landing at the airport and zooming through customs. The visas are given automatically and electronically, assuming you are of sound character and health.

But if one of us doesn’t maintain strong borders (looking at you NZ), the deal could prove untenable. When large numbers of people can bypass stringent Australian immigration controls, the viability of the system comes into question.

Consider after the Global Financial Crisis when migration from NZ to Australia rose by a huge 40%. Many of the migrants were born in third countries, largely of South Pacific and Asian origin, and used New Zealand as a staging point to enter Australia.

This also goes for the rich, by the way

In NZ they even have investor visas available. If a suitably rich individual is willing to invest just NZ$3 million over a four-year period they can gain resident status (and if you have over NZ$10 million ready to spend, it’s even easier…).

Wealthy individuals clearly think they’re above waiting — here’s a quote from Californian Billionaire Ric Kayne:

Part of what attracts people like us to New Zealand is the warmth and openness this country displays to visitors and newcomers.

I would hope that amendments are able to be made which provide some discretion and flexibility for persons like me.

We believe in immigration, but it must be legal and it must be fair. No circumventing our system by first taking up residence in NZ.

What’s being done?

We’ve had to tighten the privileges afforded to Kiwis here in Australia. Since 2001, services such as student loans, public housing and benefits have been increasingly restricted.

And New Zealand has stepped up in recent days and moved to restrict house sales to foreign investors (read: speculators).

It is more likely the result of flashy NZ headlines showing foreign investors snatching up mansions and farmland alike, rather than Australia’s continued qualms.

See, NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern proved the disconnect continues after requesting that refugees being processed on Manus and Nauru islands be sent to New Zealand for settlement. Under that plan, they could quickly end up back in Oz…

Maybe, just maybe, when the Kiwis start to feel the effects of extended immigration and richies seeking a bolthole hideout, they will come to their senses?

PS: The global elites could be waging a stealth war on cash even as you read this. This free report reveals more. And three actions you can take today to help safeguard your financial privacy.

The Australian Tribune Editorial

The Australian Tribune Editorial

The Australian Tribune is an unorthodox news service. Your Australian Tribune editorial team deliver the unfiltered stories that could impact your daily life — political and economic stories you’re unlikely to get anywhere else. And we’re not afraid to step on some toes to do it. We are honest, conservative and never dull. We are an independent service, meaning we don’t answer to shareholders or outside advertisers. This helps avoid conflicts of interest that inhibit mainstream sources, which keeps our voice independent. The Australian Tribune is owned and operated by Port Phillip Publishing.
Comments: 1

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

  1. As my mother was immigration offer in the 1990’s i knew how this game was played for some time NZ is just a back door to oz smart refugees play the nz card. right thanks nz were off to oz ,the thing i hate social welfare because it became a way of life good on Australia for cutting the welfare to NZ im a kiwi and i HATED nz policies back then when we became the social experiment for government debt under jim bolger it weakens the country i alwys hear crime will go up if you cut welfare a gutless threat.
    I move to oz went Rural never blocked ya roads crowded ya cities did all the jobs you never wanted never took a cheque i never earnt cant say the same for whats going on now what ever happened to saying how you going to make a living its just not a phrase i hear anymore.