NZ Foreign Minister urges Kiwis in Australia to take out dual citizenship

Kiwis living in Australia long-term should consider becoming residents, New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee says.

Doing so would not diminish their citizenship at home in New Zealand but would give them better rights in their adopted country, he says.

“New Zealanders should understand that New Zealand and Australia are separate countries and the rights and entitlements they enjoy at home do not necessarily translate to Australia,” he said after meeting with lobbyists from Oz Kiwi on Monday.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (left) shakes hands with New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Gerry Brownlee after a joint press conference in Sydney in May this year.

The meeting followed a discussion between Mr Brownlee and his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop last month where the two countries agreed to consult more closely on policies affecting each other’s citizens.

As part of its budget this year Australia has sought to make it more difficult for New Zealand students to access tertiary education in Australia.

Discussions reaffirmed other changes targeting foreigners, including changes to capital gains tax, citizenship and stamp duty in New South Wales will not affect New Zealanders.

“I agree with Oz Kiwi that New Zealanders who have lived in Australia for a long time, or intend to do so, should consider dual citizenship and investigate the path way the Australian government has opened,” Mr Brownlee said.

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