7 Nov 2012

Little NZ can do to stop discrimination in Queensland

7:45 am on 7 November 2012

An advocate for New Zealanders living in Australia says there's little the New Zealand Government can do to stop a state law change that allows discrimination against New Zealanders living there.

The state government in Queensland wants to amend an Anti-Discrimination Act to remove the right of temporary residents to take legal action if they are denied state services on the basis of their residency status.

Since 2001, federal law has meant New Zealanders living in Australia are no longer classed as permanent residents.

Rights advocate David Faulkner says the New Zealand Government has been asked to raise the issue with Canberra as non-compliant with international and civil political rights, but that's unlikely to happen.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says he has asked officials to discuss the matter with the Queensland government.