He may be in trouble, but I wish I were Julian
Why isn’t my name Julian Assange? After all, he has powerful people falling all over themselves to help him. He also has powerful people trying to destroy him. At least he has balance. I only have powerful people falling all over themselves to destroy my family and me.
I am trying to explain to New Zealand that I would like to come home and bring my family with me if we fail at the MRT. They tell me I have to lodge a visa application first. Fine. However, I have to be living in NZ to do that. I can’t afford to relocate to NZ, go through the horrendous expense of another round of medicals and x-rays and visa application fees to have them piggyback on Australia’s (big brother, I guess) decision. Then I will have to relocate a third time. I’m not a millionnaire.
All I am asking for is an assurance they will uphold the ICCPR and recognise our marriage as genuine, which Australia have so far failed to do. All I’m asking for is my civil rights. How hard can it be to advise me whether NZ uphold the ICCPR or not?
I have been referred from pillar to post as no-one wants to answer the question. So now I have two countries giving me the run-around. Can anyone tell me exactly what citizenship is worth? As far as I can see, not a bloody lot. We pay our taxes, contribute to the development of the country and get SFA in return. We certainly don’t get respect, our civil rights, integrity or honesty: we don’t get afforded common courtesy by the elected representatives or public servants.
Australia and New Zealand second and third most liveable countries in the world? Not if you marry a non-white foreigner, it seems. Given the racial stereotyping in the Decision Record (highly unprofessional) I admit I am starting to wonder just how much racial discrimination does exist in our case. Perhaps I should try to get Oprah to assist, since she is floating around saying she’d like to move here. Of course, if she did, Oprah would, I am sure, have citizenship before you blinked. Money and power. Ordinary citizens? Struggle for your rights, if you can afford the battle, for no-one with power gives a damn.