Immigration Minister responds to Australia luring Kiwi seasonal workers

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 18 Nov 2020, 9:35AM
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Immigration Minister responds to Australia luring Kiwi seasonal workers

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 18 Nov 2020, 9:35AM

The Australian Government is trying to lure New Zealand seasonal workers across the Tasman, to strengthen its agricultural industry.

They're being offered $2000 if they complete six weeks' work of harvesting, working a minimum 20 hours a week, in Australia's regional areas.

Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi told Mike Hosking the Australians are being cheeky.

He's suggesting it isn't a good deal, because they haven't thought about our quarantine rules.

“Anyone who leaves New Zealand and comes back within 90 days, has to pay $3000 for managed isolation. So people will have to think carefully about that.”

Faafoi says businesses need to do all they can to secure local employees, and give them a fair go.

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