Oz Kiwi petition tabled in Parliament

The Oz Kiwi petition was presented to the Senate in Parliament today by Senator Ann Urquhart (TAS). Below is the transcript from the Senate Hansard, the official record of Parliamentary business.

Petition

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Page: 4441

Australian Citizenship

To the Honourable President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

The petition of the undersigned seeks a fair pathway to citizenship for New Zealanders living in Australia.

Since 2001 a number of laws, regulations, and policies have been introduced that have the effect of denying New Zealanders who settle in Australia under the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement many of the basic rights enjoyed by all other permanent residents. As a result of these changes, these people are ineligible for Australian citizenship (and thus cannot gain voting rights and public sector and defence employment) and are denied access to student loans, disability services, basic social welfare provisions, and a variety of other Commonwealth and state government services.

Your petitioners request that the Senate:

Call for the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia to pass legislation that would end these permanent and arbitrary restrictions. We request all current absolute restrictions be removed and replaced by a system under which rights and access to services are granted after reasonable waiting periods. Most importantly, we request that all New Zealanders of good character who have made Australia their home be given the option of naturalisation on the same grounds as other permanent residents, allowing them to fully participate in Australian society and play their part in the democratic process.

by Senator Urquhart (from 18,052 citizens).

Petition received.

Download a PDF of the Hansard fragment Oz Kiwi Petition – Hansard June 2015

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