Jacinda Ardern vows to go tit-for-tat on Aussie policy to remove subsidies on Kiwis studying in Oz

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Jacinda Ardern is turning up the heat on the Australian Government with a vow to go tit-for-tat on plans to withdraw education subsidies for Kiwi ex-pats.

A package before the Australian Senate would almost triple fees for Kiwi ex-pats, and Ardern said she would consider similar for Aussies here.
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A package up for approval before the Australian Senate would almost triple fees for New Zealanders studying in Australian institutions.

Ms Ardern signaled her own policy change, if elected, if the package is passed in Australia.

"If those rights are removed we should likewise do the same for our subsidised tertiary education in New Zealand," Ms Ardern said.

The tough stance is especially significant for Labour following their proposal to phase in three years of free tertiary study if elected.

But Labour wouldn’t be removing the ability for Australians to access welfare in New Zealand.

"We are still fighting for New Zealanders' rights in Australia," Ms Ardern said.

"We think we should maintain the moral high ground that it's only right that if you pay taxes you have access to those benefits.

"So we're maintaining them in New Zealand while we continue to argue for them in Australia."

But National leader Bill English says the tough talk isn’t necessary.

"They are not proposing changes that warrant retaliation and I think talk of retaliation will make it harder to make progress," Mr English said.

Lobby group OZ Kiwi also says Ms Ardern’s potential withdrawal of Australian education subsidies is not helpful, commenting two wrongs don’t make a right.

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