The Australian Labor Party support a fair pathway to citizenship for all New Zealanders residing in Australia.
The Australian Labor Party have a consultation draft of their National Platform outlining the ALP’s policies in preparation for the next Federal Election. The policies will be voted on at the ALP National Conference in December 2018.
You may recall that in 2015 the ALP ratified a policy supporting a fair pathway to citizenship for all New Zealanders residing in Australia. The 2018 National Platform retains that policy and one ensuring no migrant is permanently temporary. Both policies are outlined below.
Australian Labor Party Policy Platform
Chapter 2: A strong economy for all Australians
Skilled Migration (page 27)
116. Labor is committed to ensuring that no migrant is permanently temporary. This recognises that many permanent migrants begin their time in Australia as temporary migrant
Chapter 9: A fair go for all
A nation built on migration (page 159)
236. Labor believes that there is an inequity for New Zealand citizens living in Australia under the terms of the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangements (TTTA). Labor believes that there should be consideration given to the permanent residency status and potential citizenship arrangements for New Zealand citizens living in Australia under the terms of the TTTA.
Click to view the ALP National Platform – consultation draft (April 2018)
More recently the Coalition Government announced a proposed new pathway to permanent residency in February 2016. The New Zealand stream 189 visa became available from 1 July 2017.
For more details on the lobbying work Oz Kiwi has been involved in refer to Lobbying Government.
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