Thousands Of Aussies Flock To New Zealand Immigration Website After Federal Election
While the election dust hasn't truly settled just yet (there are still two seats left to call), many of us are cracking on with our lives and interested to see how the next three to four years will play out under another Liberal government.
But it seems like there's a big cohort of people who are interested in getting the hell out of Australia and heading to our closest English-speaking neighbour.
According to figures released today, around 8,500 people flocked to the New Zealand Immigration website the day after the election, perhaps to work out how they can move there and live under Jacinda Ardern's rule.
In addition to that, more than 500 people registered their interest in applying for a visa. By comparison there were only 20 registrations on May 12.
New Zealand's immigration minister Iain Lees-Galloway said: "New Zealand is a wonderful destination full of possibilities. I'm not at all surprised. If Australians are looking at us, that's great."
While it's hard to tell if people are registering their interest directly because of the election or if it's purely coincidental it's still pretty interesting that all those regos happened the day after the poll.
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It's a similar scene that happened in the UK after the Brexit vote, with many Brits looking to move to avoid feeling the pain of exiting the European Union.
In the 12 months after the June vote, a whopping 17,000 Brits registered to get citizenship from a country in the EU - presumably to keep all the travel and work benefits of remaining in the Union.
So this could be the same for Aussies who want to live in a country that has a Prime Minister who is more trusted in Australia than any other local politician.
A new study done by Millward Brown revealed Australia's most trusted politician is Jacinda Ardern. The 1,400 people surveyed were asked to rank a list of politicians based on relevance, integrity, shared values, affinity, commitment and follow through
Who the hell knows why she was even included on the list but regardless, she won by a landslide.
Ms Ardern scored 77 out of 100 (which isn't really that amazing but we're talking about political trustworthiness here), which is big compared to Labor's Penny Wong, who came in second with 53.
It was a close race for a podium spot, with former Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop scoring 52 and Labor's Tanya Plibersek getting 50.
Interestingly, male politicians didn't fare so well with current PM Scott Morrison scoring 43, Labor leader Bill Shorten getting 42, Peter Dutton received a score of 34 and Clive Palmer got 30.
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