Green Party candidate Hayley Holt has called into question the motive behind Sir John Key's top Australian, pondering whether it has something to do with his so called "bromance" with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Sir John has been appointed an Honorary Companion in the Order of Australia and will be invested with the insignia of his appointment by Australia's Governor-General at a ceremony at Government House in Canberra today.
Speaking on a panel discussion on TVNZ1's Breakfast today, Ms Holt described Mr Turnbull and Sir Key as "really great friends".
"I'm not sure whether this is just relations between him and Malcolm Turnbull, whether it's about their 'bromance'."
A "bromance" is a close friendship, usually between two males.
Ms Holt went on to say: "Because it feels like New Zealand citizens, their rights over in Australia have actually been eroded, so maybe this is about John Key not putting up a fuss."
New laws in Australia earlier this year have reduced the entitlements New Zealanders living their receive.