Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Heather du Plessis-Allan: Australia’s immigration announcement is a positive change for NZ in the ANZAC relationship

I totally disagree with anyone seeing any negatives in Australia’s immigration announcement at the weekend, this is one of the most positive and significant changes for New Zealand in the ANZAC relationship.

I don’t believe it’s going to lead to a significant brain drain, that brain drain’s already happening.

Kiwis have already been moving to Australia regardless of the fact that they couldn’t get citizenship until now, I don’t think this is going to shift the needle much for people.

Think about how many Kiwis you personally know who live there without citizenship. 

For me, two cousins. For my husband, two daughters. All of them moved there even though the citizenship rules were awful.

The difference this change is going to make for New Zealand though is that we’re not going to be carrying the can when things go wrong for Kiwis over there.

So what’s been happening is that those Kiwis haven’t qualified for the dole, or disability cover when they can’t work or student loans.

So if they lost their jobs or couldn’t work or the kids needed to study, where do they go? 

Here. So we were paying the bills without getting any of their taxes.  

So all in all, this works out better for us. Because they were always going to leave New Zealand, it’s just that they won’t come running back to New Zealand for us to pay their bills when the going gets tough. 

What we do next is up to us. Because as I said, the brain drain is happening. 

We have to figure out a way to replace these bright Kiwis leaving our shores by attracting other bright people to replace them.

But as for the Aussie/NZ relationship? Good on the Aussies for finally doing the decent thing by all Kiwis, the ones there and the ones here paying the bills. 

Heather du Plessis-Allan is a journalist and commentator who hosts Newstalk ZB's Drive show.


DeeM said...

In normal circumstances I might agree with you, Heather.
But these aren't normal circumstances. NZ has gone ultra-woke and racist with it. Many people are sick of being force-fed pro-Maori wonderfulness. Many, I suspect, are hard working Maoris.

Aussie has now made it much easier to live permanently over there. Of course, more people will consider it as an option. And if Labour/Greens get in in October it will get worse.

As for Australia doing the decent thing, you're being naive. They know this will attract more Kiwis who want to settle permanently there....before Aussie goes barking mad like we have.

TJS said...

Was it cancelled Allan Jones that said something to the effect "It's not not the convicts but the Prison Guards that's the problem." I couldn't find the exact quote but it's in relation to the forced lockdowns and the fact of early settlers to AU.

I'm sure plenty of people will go especially there though if Labour has a third term. Doubt wether new immigration laws will make a big difference to that.

But do not despair you will have migration into NZ via UN migration pact so that should keep the Team of 5 mill +

I think you're right on the button DeeM.

Peter Ness said...

Is it a good deal? For the Aussie Labour Party it is, they now have 700,000 new votes. Just look at that number. For a country this small losing so many people is a disaster and really tells a story of a country whose political leadership is lost at sea.
Time to start letting people earn a decent wage and keep their money.
The government in NZ is bloated and wasteful beyond belief.

Anonymous said...

People get what they vote for.