The outrageous unemployment policy is turning Australia into a dumping ground for the out-of-work Kiwis.
New Zealand is turning into a land where the dole queue is longer than the white cloud, as the unemployment rate hits 7.3 per cent.
And so, instead of paying them the dole, the New Zealand Government's been shelling out for one-way tickets across the ditch.More stories from Today Tonight
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The scheme has come under fire this week in the New Zealand parliament, and it's not being received well here either.
In the past five years 170,000 New Zealanders have left their homeland for a slice of heaven in Australia, and according to Labor MP Kelvin Thomson, that's too many.
"I think we should renegotiate the agreement to put in place a cap," Thomson said.
Half a million kiwis have received the Transition to Work Grant since the scheme was rolled out in 2007.
Individuals can receive up to NZ$1500 once a year in job placement assistance, which is more than enough for a one-way ticket to Australia.
Every single day more than 100 New Zealanders, 56,000 so far this year, take the three hour flight across the Tasman looking for a better life in Australia.
However for an increasing number, what they're finding is it's anything but.Contact details
- Nerang Neighbourhood Centre - www.nncinc.com.au
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