First change to the law introduced by the John Howard government in 2001 was the Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (New Zealand Citizens) Bill 2001.
The brackets ( ) show that this group are EXCLUDED. Imagine if it said this, (homosexuals), (Asians), (people with dark skin), (people with blonde hair), (elderly) or (disabled), there would be an absolute uproar. Yet it says (New Zealand Citizens) and nobody bats an eyelid.
To exclude a particular group based on nationality one would think is discrimination but in Australia they have altered their own laws to say discrimination based on immigration is in fact NOT discrimination. Therefore, protecting the government from any legal challenges.
In other words, they have created laws to protect themselves from any wrongdoing whatsoever or possible breaches of human and/or civic rights.
Na Erina Anderson
Below are some related articles from that time onwards. There are of course literally hundreds more on the topic.
Transcript between John Howard and Helen Clark 26th February 2001
John Howard stating Australians undervaluing New Zealanders but says how Helen Clarke was helpful...
John Howard is unapologetic and feels relations are stronger than ever between our two nations.
John Key interview (January 2014)
Even Pauline Hanson's One Nation agreed it was unfair.
A well written article explaining the problem.
Greg Rudd (Kevin Rudd's brother) is horrified when he discovers what has actually been happening for New Zealanders in his own country right under his nose.
Interview with Greg Rudd by 7 Sharp
Susan Wood understands the nature of the relationship and has helped to try and educate Kiwis.
Transcript of interview between Susan Wood and John Howard, 2013.