What does the Australian election mean for NZ?

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 19 May 2019, 1:30PM
Jacinda Ardern says she will work with Scott Morrison. (Photo / NZ Herald)

What does the Australian election mean for NZ?

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 19 May 2019, 1:30PM

Our Prime Minister's confident the Trans-Tasman relationship will continue to stay strong after last night's election. 

Scott Morrison will remain in Australia's top job, after a shock election sees the Coalition remain in power.

Jacinda Ardern says her job is to maintain a relationship with the country, regardless of who's in Government.

"I, like many others, watched with keen interest and have already sent a message of congratulations to Scott Morrison, who will be the Prime Minister I continue to work with."

However, political commentator Ben Thomas says Ardern likely would have preferred Labor leader Bill Shorten to have won.

Speaking on the Sunday Panel with Francesca Rudkin and Katie Bradford, Thomas says that the Coalition has been very uncompromising in their treatment of New Zealanders in the country. 

"We've seen New Zealand'sr ights and entitlements progressively cut back in education, health, welfare, and the deportation of hardened criminals to New Zealand. I think our government was probably pining some hopes on a Labor government to roll some of that back."

Bradford says that we likely won't see any change from the Coalition as there does not appear to be any appetite from it. 

"I think there will be a lot of disappointed Kiwis across the ditch." 

Thomas says that the election has shored up the fact that US Presidential, leader-centric campaigns have become the norm for western democracies.

Labor won preferred party polls in Australia, but leader Bill Shorten was unpopular, rarely winning preferred Prime Minister races. Thomas says that this may be good news for Ardern's government. 

"If you look at Jacinda Ardern versus Simon Bridges, that's not a competition at all."