I watch politics in both NZ and Aussie. From time to time various twerps suggest political union. We are very dear friends and can even take the piss out of one another relentlessly but when it comes down to the wall, like in times of war and natural disaster, we jump without hesitation to help out. That will never change. But union---never.
Just look at our politicians and the gaffs, stuff-ups, crazy statements, selfishness and plain old fashioned bullshit and you have enough reason to steer away from such a possibility.
Imagine the discussion in the engorged house--- what a cock-up that would be. Julia versus Johnny and that weird Abbott guy on with Hekia---heck no. There could be some pretty strange bedfellows too. Can’t you see the Greens on both sides of the ‘Ditch’ sleeping with the independents or New Zealand First slugging it out with the National/Country Party? Winston would have a ball and even the Maori Party would be courting him.
Then of course we would need a different sort of Senate, whereby NZ would have to return to the past. Hell, we got rid of that august body in the 1950’s. Maybe that Upper House should stay in Canberra and the new Capital could be Auckland, just to appease those in NZ seeking a politically correct power sharing basis to the new ‘Republic.’
It’s OK though. We would invoke the Treaty of Waitangi and claim it all back with heaps of compensation paid to NZ for loss of Mana and psychological damage.
OH hell--- what a dream. Let’s keep our under armed bowling to ourselves eh, my dear Aussie mates. Bugger me (not literally of course!) mates. Let’s keep our beautiful friendship as it is eh? NO doubt anyone not an Aussie or Kiwi will wonder WTF I am prattling on about. Who cares--- that’s what makes our two nations special!