12 Mar 2009

Australian stimulus trickling across to NZ

12:20 pm on 12 March 2009

New Zealand citizens who have lived and worked in Australia are receiving pension windfalls from the Australian government.

An Auckland woman who lived in Australia in the 1960s has received a cheque for $A1400 as part of a stimulus package meant to boost the Australian economy.

The bonus went to 69,000 pensioners in December, some of them living in New Zealand and other countries which have reciprocal pension arrangements with Australia.

The move has angered Opposition spokesman for Community Services Tony Abbot who says the money from the $A42 billion stimulus package is meant to benefit Australia, not other countries.