Not many people are aware that New Zealanders living in Australia who arrived after 2002 are not entitled to the same benefits or pathways to citizenship that even boat people are granted.
New Zealanders are granted a Special Category Visa on arrival, which allows the ability to stay permanently, work and in general enjoy the life of a permanent resident.
However if those who arrived after 2002 apply for citizenship, even if they have been here the full 9 years, they will be denied that request because they do not hold a 'Permanent resident Visa'.
This situation flows onto even children born in Australia whose parents arrived after 2002... the children are not granted Australian citizenship and they are not entitled to any of the child care benefits awarded to every other resident of Australia. The bottom line is New Zealanders are being legally discriminated against under the Australian Immigration Act.
Many people have tried to get the Government to do fix this anomaly and the Government acknowledges it is unfair and needs to be addressed but nothing happens.
No one in Government is championing the cause that now effects 175,000 New Zealanders.
During the recent floods in Queensland, the insurance companies denied the claims submitted by Kiwis whose homes were damaged on the basis of a clause in the Insurance Policy that asks if the applicant is a permanent resident.
The Insurance companies are using the immigration status rather than the practical reality to avoid paying up.
If a New Zealander is disabled in a work related accident no government compensation is available, same for mental health or serious illness.
If a New zealander's child is born with a problem there is no help from the government.
Yet on the contrary those who arrive by boat illegally can acquire permanent status usually with 2 - 3 years and they are entitled to social welfare while they wait.
There is a lot of information about this issue available to read but the reason this is being published here is to simply request that you go to the following link and sign the petition to Julia Gillard and John Keyes asking for a commitment to resolving this unfairness.
Thank you for you help.