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"If they're prepared to shoulder their responsibilities as an Australian citizen and accept the benefits of life in Australia, then they need to become an Australian citizen and it's a relatively easy thing to do."
"I've never had any complaints in my electorate office by New Zealanders who are finding it difficult to apply for citizenship." Australian Senator Ian Macdonald.
If you have had difficulty attaining Australian Citizenship now is a good time to let Senator Ian Macdonald know and bring him up to speed.
He seems genuinely misinformed and uneducated about immigration matters regarding New Zealanders.
Attached are his contact details, please let him know your experiences and help him get better informed
Regarding his opinion of New Zealand becoming a state of Australia, no thank you.
Filipa and Erina
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Ph(07)4771 3066 Fax:(07) 4771 3411
CANBERRA ACT 2600
Fax: (02) 6277 5914
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Tauranga MP Simon Bridges: New law for returning offenders
Wednesday Nov 25, 2015
Last week Parliament went into urgency for the passing of legislation to monitor and supervise returning offenders. The number one concern for National has been, and will continue to be, the safety of the New Zealand public.
The new law ensures that returned offenders will be subject to parole-like conditions as if they had served a similar prison sentence in New Zealand. It will automatically apply to any returning offender who was sentenced to more than one year in prison and is returning to New Zealand within six months of their release from custody.
Since learning of Australia's change in immigration policy nine months ago, the Government has been working to ensure that returning offenders will receive the appropriate oversight needed to ensure public safety.
In July, a register of deported offenders was established for use by New Zealand government agencies. This means that we have a clear idea of who is arriving back in the country and when.
In September, a formal information sharing arrangement was signed between New Zealand and Australia, which ensures that we receive up to six months advance notice of potential upcoming deportations as well as information about the deportee. The information, such as conviction records and case history, will help us assess the risk profile of each person. Photographs and fingerprints mean that we can better monitor these people once they arrive back in the country.
Australia has the right to make their own laws and deport New Zealand citizens if they see fit. While we are continuing to raise our concerns with their policy at the highest level, we have to face the reality that these people are returning and we need measures in place to ensure the safety of the New Zealand public.
Mark Di Stefano BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia Nov. 27, 2015
BuzzFeed News sat down with Australia’s longest serving federal politician to speak about his role designing one of the world’s most hardline immigration policies.
It’s the word Liberal MP Philip Ruddock uses over and over again (11 times in five minutes) to defend one of the world’s most controversial immigration systems - the one he helped to design as a Howard government minister.
“You can’t have a successful [immigration] program that lacks integrity. That means you need to have integrity around migration selection and you need to make sure that there’s no rorting,” he said.
“You also need to ensure that if you have an open door, you don’t allow people to slip in through the window.”
It’s a provocative metaphor to describe the hardline asylum seeker policies he helped create as immigration minister under Liberal prime minister John Howard from 1996-2003.
Ruddock is now 72, and in his 43rd year in parliament. As Europe grapples with a refugee crisis and speculation over whether the Paris attackers were among the thousands of refugees who crossed Europe to escape the conflict in the Middle East, he is unapologetic about his work as immigration minister.
Before the parliament now are amendments that would see 112 children taken out of mainland detention centres, and Ruddock is adamant the laws shouldn’t be passed.
He makes a direct link between asylum seeker children and terrorism.
Children remain locked up in Australian centres while their asylum applications are processed. Rural Australians For Refugees
“It’s totally unreasonable. A person who might be planning terrorist acts or has been linked with an inappropriate organisation, or has been rejected because of character concerns, can use their children to require them to be released,” says Ruddock.
“I know there are people of character concern – I can’t say of what specific concern – whose children are with them, and the argument is the children will not go if dad can’t come and so they remain in detention.”
“We say, we’re perfectly happy to release them, even mum can go, but the difficulty is that there is a character issue [with dad].”
“If you’re telling me that people of character concern should be released, terrorist threats would be released into the community, then I want to see you write that story.”
The comments are a far cry from Ruddock’s new, carefully cultivated image as everyone’s favourite kooky granddad.
Since being sacked as government whip in February, Ruddock has become a caricature of what could be affectionately considered a “grand daddy MP”, starting a Twitter account and giving away mugs with his face on them.
Last month BuzzFeed News gave Ruddock a lesson in Snapchat, an interview some experienced Canberra heads described as the “softening of Philip Ruddock”.
But we also wanted to discuss how his formidable legacy playing a key role in policy around two of Australia’s most controversial issues – border protection and marriage equality – had shaped Australia’s current political climate.
The contrasts between the old and new Ruddock are stark. To one generation he’s the face of ‘evil’ Howard-era policies: a recurring meme has him photoshopped as Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars.
To another he’s the guy with a McDonalds burger named after him.
“You here for a mug?” asked Ruddock opening the door. His two young staffers were there, behind their boss and keenly aware of their role in constructing his online persona. ‘Political Twitter’ is so enamoured with the MP’s recent online efforts that when Ruddock tweeted about “an importance [sic] announcement later today via twitter” two weeks ago, rumors immediately started about the possible retirement of the ‘Father of the House’.
A Ruddock departure would be significant, not only because it would see Australia’s oldest MP leave Parliament, but would also mark the departure of one of the final Howard ministers. It would mean that a blue-ribbon Liberal seat, Berowra on Sydney’s upper north shore, would be up-for-grabs for an ambitious young politician. So the tweet set-off alarm bells among the political class.
Updated at 11:02 am on 7 November 2015
A New Zealander being deported from Australia after visiting Syria for a "peace mission" deserves to be sent home, a Muslim community leader in Sydney says.
Australian Islamic Friendship Association founder Keysar Trad said Taranaki man Warren Marriner was part of a group organised by another Australian Muslim community leader and anti-radicalisation campaigner Jamal Daoud.
Mr Daoud was a staunch supporter of the Bashar al-Assad regime, he said.
Mr Trad said anyone who supported the al-Assad dictatorship deserved to have serious questions asked of them.
"In the case of this New Zealand national, serious questions have to be asked about whether he supports that brutal regime, and I think it's the right decision by the Australian authorities to have him sent back to New Zealand."
Mr Trad hoped New Zealand authorities would be speaking to Mr Marriner on his arrival back in the country.
A registered nurse, formerly from Taranaki but who has lived in Perth for 11 years, Mr Marriner, 49, said he travelled to Syria to prove that it was safe to visit the country and see for himself what was going on.
Mr Daoud said he felt very bad that Mr Marriner was being deported.
He had contacted Syrian support networks in New Zealand to help Mr Marriner.
"We would do all in our capacity to help him in this difficult time. We have already contacted some people in New Zealand and in western Australia to see what we can provide and what we can do."
Mr Daoud said Mr Marriner wanted to return to Syria as soon as possible to work in a hospital.
He said his network supported President al-Assad because his government was voted in by the people of Syria.
Updated at 8:24 pm on 19 October 2015
Come home if you don't want to stay locked up in an Australian detention centre - that's the message from the Prime Minister John Key.
Mr Key said he personally did not want to see New Zealanders detained on Christmas Island, partly it because it then separated them from their families.
Mr Key met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over the weekend, where they discussed the policy that has been in place since December, under which non-citizens of Australia can be deported if they had served more than a cumulative year in prison.
At his post-Cabinet news briefing today, he said they also specifically talked about the New Zealanders being held on the remote Christmas Island.
"I don't think New Zealanders should be going to detention centres and what we've really agreed over the weekend is that, one, that process should be eliminated because effectively any New Zealander is now free to come home and process their individual case from New Zealand.
"Secondly, there will be much more resource put into the sort of bow-wave of people who are there because of the threshold change, and that will allow the process to be speeded up, so again that process will happen much more quickly."