Struggling Kiwis left without safety net in Australia plead for Govt help

Kiwis living in Australia without state help in the event of illness or homelessness are begging for Government intervention on both sides of the ditch.

At least 200,000 New Zealanders live in Australia without any safety net for when things go wrong - including Stephen and Bridie Ansley, when their two-year-old daughter Clara was diagnosed with leukaemia.

Despite seven years paying tax in Australia, they aren't entitled to all the medical help that Clara needs.

Her father emotionally recounted the difficulty of treating Clara for the disease in Australia, in what he calls an unfair system where medicines that cost Australians $6 set Kiwis back $40.

"I'm not a crusader for this, I'm just the dad of a really sick daughter basically," he said.

"It is unfair - it's one thing for a person who comes over for a couple of months and requires assistance from the Government, but it's another for someone who's been here for 10, 20, 30 years."

Support isn't there for the next generation either - many of whom have been left homeless without help from the Australian Government.

In May, 38 Australian not-for-profits pleaded with Jacinda Ardern to help the hundreds of Kiwi children and teenagers living rough.

"We're suggesting that New Zealand be the proactive ones in coming to the table to resolve this situation," said Melbourne community lawyer Joe Nunweek.

These are the lost kids, New Zealand citizens, but living in Australia - and nobody either side of the Tasman wants to take responsibility for them.

"The New Zealand Government does provide financial support to young Australians who are living in New Zealand and are experiencing homelessness," said Melbourne community lawyer Shorna Moore.

"It's unfortunate the Australian government doesn't reciprocate."

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