Post by Tony
Whether we agree with the Australian law or not our PM should not dress down
another PM in public - she went too far.
Sheâs used blunt force, yes, and I think in this instance it was clumsy and
misplaced. But sheâs also usefully brought into focus the gross asymmetry
that exists between the two countries in terms of their ways of treating each
otherâs citizens and the fact that immigrant Australian âKiwisâ get a far
better deal from the get-go than âOkkerâ Kiwis across the Tasman. So is it
OK for us to continue keeping this blatantly unsatisfactory situation under the
carpet simply to keep a neighbour sweet? If so, why would that ultimately be a
good thing for us?
(Permit me to expand a little further...)
Boiled down, his is about differing rules governing citizenship and, as I
understand it, Australia is way more selective than New Zealand when it comes
to conferring citizenship rights and privileges on Kiwi incomers, even to their
âimmigrantâ offspring subsequently born in-country. Bear in mind also
that, in my view at least, the likes of Morrison would be first in line to
strip his own countryâs indigenous of their citizenship if they could get
away with it.
 During the early 1970âs, my great-niece was born to British parents
temporarily domiciled for five years in Washington as part of a diplomatic
corps. At birth she automatically received American citizenship and to this
day continues to hold a full US passport. She is also 100% entitled to run for
POTUS any time she fancies taking a crack at it. And this, mark you, in a
country that, (possibly) apart from Israel, is notorious for its overweening,
Consider, now, flyspeck Morrisonâs brand of brute, shutter-minded
âexceptionalismâ and what it really says about him and those who have
elected him to office.
attitudes and not all that bright.