You couldn't pay me to live in Australia. As a socially liberal person, I find Australians' attitudes towards minorities and refugees to be fundamentally offensive to humanity -- NZers aren't perfect but we are far more enlightened in comparison. Furthermore, as someone who's concerned about civil liberties, the thought of living amongst Australian police is unthinkable. How many royal commissions on police corruption have they had?
My SO and I were best man/woman at a gay wedding in Sydney a few months ago.
On average I'd probably rate our Aussie friends as more liberal than our NZ friends.
The worst police corruption I've encountered first-hand was in NZ.
Racism I'd rate as about the same, both unacceptably high.
Australia take more refugees per capita than NZ does.
Just saying - it's dangerous to make generalisations, there are some things that Aus governments have done and do that appall me, but there are a hell of a lot of Australians who are not happy with Aus foreign policy in particular.