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New Zealand to become Australian State?

 
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New Zealand to become Australian State?
A survey shows that nearly half of all New Zealand residents support becoming a state of Australia.

Ashlea Maher
[link to www.australiantimes.co.uk]
Former Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon believes a merger with Australia is inevitable.

A recent poll has found 40 per cent of New Zealanders support a debate about becoming a state of Australia.

The UMR Research poll surveyed a thousand people on both sides of the Tasman.

37% of Australian respondents supported the merger, compared to 52% against it.

Sir Don - who is also a former New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister and chair of the Trans-Tasman Business Circle - told TVNZ's Q&A programme that it was just a matter of time before a formal agreement is reached with Australia.

"We've got nearly half a million New Zealanders living in Australia anyway," he said.

"By the time the next generation comes around, technology and the movement of people everywhere, New Zealanders won't want to be in the situation of paying taxes in both countries and all the time going through immigration and Customs.

They'll want to try to eliminate all those things."

Sir Don believes the shift will be people-driven, rather then politically motivated.

"It's a debate that's going to go on, but no political leader in New Zealand is going to win an election advocating this issue."

New Zealand Labour party leader Phil Goff said there was no reason for a union with Australia.

He said although Australia had nothing to lose from it, joining with a much larger country would mean giving up our national identity.

"New Zealanders are proud of their culture, they are proud of their history, they are proud of their sense of identity."

He said working towards a single economic market between the countries could be achieved without a merger.

"When we can get the benefits of a closer economic relationship and a single economic market, what are the additional benefits of simply being the seventh state?

"It's about making decisions in New Zealand for New Zealanders by New Zealanders that really matter. We can have a closer relationship, we can get the best of both worlds. Submerging ourselves into Australia is not required to achieve that."
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03/18/2010 09:20 PM
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Say it ain't so!

That would be like Canada becoming the 51st State of the USA!

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Canadians and Kiwis are generally agreeable and pleasant people. Whereas ...

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03/18/2010 09:23 PM
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Re: New Zealand to become Australian State?
NZ is already a state of Australia technically. Even under the constitution - and Austraila does have a constitution - there is a little known section that unmistakably declares NZ a territory of Australia.

Australia owns NZ already.
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03/18/2010 09:29 PM
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Say it ain't so!

That would be like Canada becoming the 51st State of the USA!

scream

Canadians and Kiwis are generally agreeable and pleasant people. Whereas ...

damned
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I think you're talkin about me, lol.
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03/18/2010 09:33 PM
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Re: New Zealand to become Australian State?
NZ is already a state of Australia technically. Even under the constitution - and Austraila does have a constitution - there is a little known section that unmistakably declares NZ a territory of Australia.

Australia owns NZ already.
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Well that's interesting. The motive could be economic or control of some sort.
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03/18/2010 09:36 PM
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New Zealand Labour party leader Phil Goff said there was no reason for a union with Australia.

He said although Australia had nothing to lose from it, joining with a much larger country would mean giving up our national identity.

"New Zealanders are proud of their culture, they are proud of their history, they are proud of their sense of identity."


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fuck your history and national identity Goff, we want high pay like Australians
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Re: New Zealand to become Australian State?
NZ is already a state of Australia technically. Even under the constitution - and Austraila does have a constitution - there is a little known section that unmistakably declares NZ a territory of Australia.

Australia owns NZ already.

Well that's interesting. The motive could be economic or control of some sort.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 918391


It seems this is true.

And would explain why each nation acknowledges the other, passport and travel-wise.

However, I want to retire to NZ in the next few years, and would not like to see it Ockerfied!
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03/18/2010 09:44 PM
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New Zealand Labour party leader Phil Goff said there was no reason for a union with Australia.

He said although Australia had nothing to lose from it, joining with a much larger country would mean giving up our national identity.

"New Zealanders are proud of their culture, they are proud of their history, they are proud of their sense of identity."



fuck your history and national identity Goff, we want high pay like Australians
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03/18/2010 09:46 PM
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Re: New Zealand to become Australian State?
NZ is already a state of Australia technically. Even under the constitution - and Austraila does have a constitution - there is a little known section that unmistakably declares NZ a territory of Australia.

Australia owns NZ already.
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You are really knowledgable..... no, really you really are.

Me too with my spelling and grammar.
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New Zealand Labour party leader Phil Goff said there was no reason for a union with Australia.

He said although Australia had nothing to lose from it, joining with a much larger country would mean giving up our national identity.

"New Zealanders are proud of their culture, they are proud of their history, they are proud of their sense of identity."



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05/17/2010 12:56 AM
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05/17/2010 01:11 AM
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Most true kiwis are not into this at all -

The vote is starting to go the other way because of the flood of immigrants who have no idea what it really means to be a kiwi.

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12/14/2010 06:53 PM
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Most true kiwis are not into this at all -

The vote is starting to go the other way because of the flood of immigrants who have no idea what it really means to be a kiwi.

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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 945308


racisms at its best! well done mate!





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