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Little, Goff in Australia to lobby for Kiwis' rights

List member, Labour Party

Labour leader Andrew Little and former foreign minister Phil Goff have been in Canberra today lobbying for the return of Kiwi benefits in Australia.

The entitlements were slashed in 2001, and Mr Little and Mr Goff today made submissions to the Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, as well as the Committee For Migration.

"This is about formally getting these issues in front of some select committees so that they then have to respond in some sort of formal way," Mr Little said.

About 450,000 New Zealanders in Australia on special visas still don't have access to the majority of government support.

Prime Minister John Key says he has already spoken with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull about removing some of the hurdles to Australian citizenship, and said the issue is progressing.

The Labour leader also spent time with Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, and is planning on meeting some of the Kiwis battling deportation at Sydney's Villawood Detention Centre tomorrow.