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PM waits for 'clear advice' from Australia

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/04/2017

The Australian government may not have considered the impact its immigration rule changes will have on New Zealanders, Prime Minister Bill English says.

He told reporters on Wednesday the government was still establishing the intent of the policy change.

"I'll be waiting to get clear advice," he said.

"The indications are that they may not have considered the impact on the deal made with New Zealand... our strong preference is to see that deal carried through.''

The changes to Australia's rules, announced last week, will require New Zealanders to be permanent residents for four years before being eligible for citizenship, up from one year.

The deal with New Zealand was struck last year, when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced a new pathway which allowed Kiwis who arrived between February 2001 and 2016, earning more than A$53,000 a year for five years, to apply for permanent residence from July this year.

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