Ardern and Turnbull during Ardern’s first whistle stop visit to Australia as Prime Minister (Photo: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images).
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We are unsure as to why the journalist has speculated that there could be some “tweaks from Turnbull around the cut off date for people qualifying for citizenship”. We’ll post an update if there are any changes to New Zealanders eligibility for citizenship.
Jacinda Ardern and Malcolm Turnbull’s date a toast to trans-Tasman tradition
1 March 1 2018
Opinion: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner, Clarke Gayford, will dine at one of Sydney’s most exclusive addresses on Thursday evening – the Point Piper mansion of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and wife Lucy.
It has become a fixture in the diaries of trans-Tasman leaders to join each other with their partners for an intimate dinner during the annual trans-Tasman leaders’ meeting, which will be held in Sydney on Friday.
Australia’s unwillingness to bend too far on the rights of Kiwi expats, and in particular on the deportee issue, has been a constant thorn in the side of both governments.
There could be some tweaks from Turnbull as a gesture of goodwill to Ardern – mainly around the cut off date for people qualifying for citizenship, which had been causing some angst. But on the wider issue there is no upside for Australia in relaxing its hardline on the rights of expats in Australia, particularly on the detainee issue.
[Read the full Stuff article].