PM rules out merger with Australia

Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand needs to fix problems itself and merging with Australia is no answer.

A UMR poll conducted for Television New Zealand's Question and Answer programme yesterday showed most New Zealanders were against the idea of New Zealand becoming an Australian state.

Of those polled, 71 percent of New Zealanders were opposed, with 45 percent strongly opposed.

Australians were less strongly against the idea, with 52 percent opposed with 26 percent strongly opposed.

When asked if New Zealand would be better off if it joined with Australia, 37 percent of New Zealanders said yes, 27 percent said no and 25 percent felt it would make no difference.

Speaking on the programme former deputy prime minister Don McKinnon said he believed union was "probably inevitable", but felt it would be the next generation who would look into it as links between the two countries continued to grow.

Mr Key told NewstalkZB the debate was pointless.

"It's not going to happen and I don't think we should waste any time even thinking about it. The reality is what will make New Zealand a successful country are the same things that would make it a successful state of Australia."

New Zealand needed policies to encourage investment and tackle issues around education and bureaucracy, areas the Government was tackling.

"In my view we would be fools to think there is some sort of illusionary goal of merging with Australia would solve problems that New Zealand faces."

Australian politician Peters Slipper told Question and Answer Australians were more relaxed about the prospect of union than New Zealanders but proposals such as a joint currency should be looked at instead.

Labour leader Phil Goff believed that New Zealanders would never consider submerging their identity with Australia and more work should be done on building on a single economic market.

When Australia was formed, its constitution was drawn up to allow New Zealand to join the federation of states, but New Zealand backed away from the idea then.


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At least we would get some first world laws, anti corruption laws and a Justice system that works. But then Jane Diplock is an Australian, so nothing is perfect.

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Its a daft question and its great to see NZ taxpayers money being burnt by more TVNZ drivel.

I have an idea... next week why don't they ask "Should the NZ Government own and subsidise a TV station or should it exit the media space althogether?".

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I suspect this would only buy into yet more bureaucracy and we've got way too much of that. And I want the smaller State, not a further move move in the other direction - and Ruud is more Nanny State oriented than even Key and English.

Common currency I have sympathy for, and an unfettered open market between the two countries (though I'd say that with any country): nothing else is needed. [Unless union lessened my taxes of course, then I might be convinced.]

And given this would mean the end of the All Blacks, Black Caps, et al, I'm certainly not shouting for the Aussies (of which we'd be). I rather think in would be the end of sports reporting in New Zealand wouldn't it, other than at the provincial level? Who could care less here how well the 'Aussie' teams were doing. I'd certainly be giving Sky their sports channels back.

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Get over it Key and make the switch to Aussie for the increased productivety and efficiency gains we would get. Leave your ego at the door.

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This is like a company takeover/merger situation. It's the big guy that has all the say , so what we as NZers think is irrelevant. If Aussie sees some benefit, talking could start. But what does NZ offer Australia ??

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So our Prime minister says we need to fix our own problems. I wonder when he is going to start. Certainly no bold, innovative and inspirational policy changes so far.

But of course that would take real leadership.

Changes so far are for Mr Keys benefit, not New Zealands.

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No benefits to NZ, no benefits to Aus, not really likely to happen...better for us to find our own way

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The PM has broken his promises in other essential areas.
With the renewed emigration to the lucky county, we may be able to stage a reverse take over.

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Sovereignty will never be merged. That said I think there is great scope for working on greater legal and financial and business integration. Think one f the benefits shared legislation around tax, currency, company law etc.

Probably just make it easier for an Australian companies to purchase NZ ones. No...wait, its already happening to the banks and a lot of our larger companies.

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its a guise to position the lesser evil. single currency or economy.

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Query 4:40pm. Sovereightny may never be merged. But, it will be lost come Mexico 2010. Key's denial of merging with Australia is a ploy to fool folk.

They plan to sign up to the next iteration of the copenhagen 'treaty' in mexico. good bye sovereignty.

Ask yourself
a) why they give $ 90,000,000 to global warming fraud funds
b) in comparison why they gave $ 50,000 to heiti.
c) ask yourself 'why' the emissions scam still exists despite global warming being now exposed as the fraud it always ways.

why? Key/Clark need the Emissions scam. it's a link to sign away sovereignty whilst presenting a face that they country name and supposed identity will remain intact. Short term vote winning, medium term world government, long term, total control

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wtf? No way am I becoming an Aussie... think I might need to come back from the UK if this the way NZ is going.....

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We are the same people, I'm looking at this from an emotional perspective. I don't care if we lose a little from NZ joining, I don't even care if we somehow have to weight the voting system in NZ's favor to ensure they have more of a say than your average state. We should be one nation. I believe that in terms of people and culture, we are closer than any other two nations on earth

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I agree with the decision against merging. Although it would provide a great temporary fix, the long term effects would out weigh the benefits. I think we should revisit this again in five years; since NZ is going to start being drilled and used for its natural resources, there may not be much left after <a href="http://www.angieslist.com/companylist/cleveland/roofing.htm">Cleveland Roofing</a> is done with it!

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What would happen if we were to merge with Australia?

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