So John Key and the new Oz PM are having a chat today and good ol’ JK will be mentioning the issue of “New Zealanders” who are being detained for deportation after a prison sentence. People who are being detained in police stations without exercise or dark or quiet for days on end; detained on Christmas Island away from lawyers or family or support. It’s not really western or first-world country stuff, from our “brothers”.
2-300 are detained, and dawn raids are netting more as up to 1000 people who have had sentences of a year or more are rounded up.
But a lot of these people no longer have any real connection to NZ.
This re-highlights a lot of the unfair treatment our “brothers” across the ditch are dishing out to “New Zealanders”. People whose families moved over when they were toddlers, who have no family here, and now can’t get any state support when they’re in difficulty, and should they go to prison risk being sent to a country they don’t know, away from family and friends. First you have to pay for hospitals, and end up on the streets when you lose your job, then you get expelled from your home country if you do anything wrong.
So we should be proposing a way of recognising that your birth country is no longer your home country when we have this freedom of movement:
If you’re an adult and have spent more than half your life on the other side of the Tasman, you should pretty much get citizenship as of right.
How can that not be fair?