An Australian political party is calling for a halt to the unlimited migration of New Zealanders to Australia as the country's population continues to grow.
The recently-formed Stable Population Party says the deal allowing Kiwis free access to Australia should be abolished, the Herald Sun reported.
"You can still have a close relationship with New Zealand without having a completely open-slather policy on immigration," said the party's Victoria Senate candidate Clifford Hayes.
He said more than 50,000 New Zealanders moved to Australia during the past year.
The party says New Zealanders should have to apply to migrate, with total net immigration to Australia reduced from 180,000 to 80,000.
The call comes as the latest Bureau of Statistics data reveals that the countries population grew 1.4 per cent in 2011.
The population of Victoria grew at the most rapid rate, an increase of more than 75,000 people during the year to about 5.6 million.
It was boosted by soaring immigration, more babies and a net increase in people moving there from other states, the Herald Sun reported.