The Australian Labor Party support a fair pathway to citizenship for all New Zealanders residing in Australia.
Date last modified: 08 February 2022
The Australian Labor Party National Platform outlines the party’s policies for the 2022 Federal Election. It was adopted at the 2021 Special Platform Conference and contains two policies support New Zealanders.
Both ALP policies were first ratified in July 2015. One supporting a fair pathway to citizenship for all New Zealanders residing in Australia, and one ensuring no migrant is permanently temporary. Both policies are outlined below.
Australian Labor Party National Platform
Chapter 1: Building Australia’s Prosperity
Building a stronger nation through migration (page 14)
88. Labor will ensure that no migrant is ‘permanently temporary’. We will align the permanent and temporary migration programs and ensure that, where appropriate, migrants have pathways to permanent visas and citizenship. We will encourage temporary visa holders to consider permanent residency where the visa holders are working under successful arrangements and have priority skills which are in shortage in Australia.
Statements in Detail
A nation built on migration (page 188)
05. Labor believes that there is an inequity for New Zealand citizens living in Australia under the terms of the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangements (TTTA). Labor will consider the permanent residency status and potential citizenship arrangements for New Zealand citizens living in Australia under the terms of the TTTA.
Click to view the ALP National Platform (March 2021)
More recently the Coalition Government announced a proposed new pathway to permanent residency in February 2016. The New Zealand stream 189 visa became available from 1 July 2017.
For more details on the lobbying work Oz Kiwi has been involved in refer to Lobbying Government.
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