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Proposed Australian law 'discriminatory' for NZ citizens

Proposed Australian law 'discriminatory' for NZ citizens

Updated 6 November 2012, 18:23 AEDT

A human rights advocate for New Zealanders living in Australia says the NZ government wants an explanation of a recent court case which involved the denial of disability aid to a woman who'd lived in Australia for years.

Hannah Campbell's case was heard in the state of Queensland, and advocate David Faulkner says her family argued she was discriminated against on the grounds of her citizenship.

Last month the New Zealand opposition Labour Party spokesman on foreign affairs, Phil Goff told Pacific Beat, Kiwis in Australia are routinely denied a path to citizenship, countering claims by the Australian government that they're treated equally.

Mr Goff said New Zealanders are the only people living permanently in Australia who are denied the rights of permanent residency.

David Faulkner told Steve Rice that in response to the court case, Queensland's government is trying to amend its Anti-Discrimination Act and that the planned changes amount to racism.

Presenter: Steve Rice

Speaker:David Faulkner , a Human rights advocate for New Zealanders living in Australia

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