Thursday, February 6, 2014

What's up with you, Australia? Is it some sort of 'economic war?'

Today we hear that two major retail outlets that between them control 80% of the supermarket trade had demanded that only Australian goods be on the shelves of their outlets. This excludes more than $400 million of NZ fruit and veggies. In the past, if was NZ apples that were illegally banned from Australia under the 'mistaken' idea that our apples represented a threat to the Aussie orchardists. This had been proven wrong many years ago and it was only after NZ took the Aussies, kicking and screaming, to court that we finally won access to that market. Is this what we are going to need to do again, even though we have an extremely close economic trade agreement with Australia? Surely things should not come to this. What is it with you guys, our  ANZAC 'cousins.' You seem to be ramping up the game. You deny NZers equality on a range of issues, including access to benefits and other rights that we bestow on you after two years of residency in NZ. What is it about you that you come over to NZ to recruit our workers, including teachers, tradespeople, doctors and many other 'professionals, yet when we arrive there, we are treated so badly?
You are treating us a 'second class' citizens and quite frankly you are acting like nasty economic bullies. Maybe NZ needs to look at the bigger picture and NZ's political leaders should shape up and shove it at you and retrospectively cancel the rights that your citizens enjoy here in NZ! Your actions smack of big bully, nasty and 'up yourself ' -----'let's just use NZ as and when it suits us,
' something akin to how the USA treat Mexico or Canada! Hell, you seem to be a good job of pissing the Indonesians off, so I guess little NZ is an easy target, from both major political parties in Australia. Come on home Kiwis and help make us the best little nation in the Pacific and leave Aussie as a 'holiday project.' So much for brotherly warm fuzzy feelings. They just don't exist unless the boot is on the big 'lucky country's' foot.

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