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Show some grit, fair-weather Aussies, utopia is not across the ditch

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31.05.2019

“I suppose we might have to move to New Zealand.” That’s how some have responded to Scott Morrison’s election victory. I’ve heard it many times this past fortnight.

In fact, New Zealand government officials have confirmed a post-election surge in Australians looking online at Immigration New Zealand’s website. According to one report, in the week following the election, Australian expressions of interest in migrating to New Zealand increased 25-fold.

Wrong way - go back.

A similar thing happened in the United States in 2016. When Donald Trump claimed the presidency, disillusioned Democrats rushed to investigate the option of heading across the northern border. Canada’s immigration website suffered repeated outages.

So will there be a mass migration of demoralised progressives to New Zealand in the near future? That remains to be seen. We shouldn’t take venting about self-imposed exile across the ditch too seriously. It’s probably something said in jest.

Yet it might also say something about our politics.

We have a problem with fair-weather citizens. Like friends who can’t be counted on during periods of adversity, these are the citizens who entertain fleeing their country when politics doesn’t go their way.

Maybe there’s an issue with citizenship.........

© The Sydney Morning Herald