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Australia dismisses NZ concern

DEPORTATION OF FOREIGN NATIONALS
AFP, Melbourne
Australia dismisses NZ concern
PM of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern (R) and Australia's PM Scott Morrison (L) enter a meeting in Melbourne yesterday. AFP Photo

Australia yesterday defended a hardline policy of deporting Kiwi convicts, despite warnings from New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that the issue is damaging trans-Tasman relations.

Australia in 2014 introduced mandatory deportation for foreign nationals who received jail terms totalling 12 months or more, with New Zealanders the nationality most affected. About 1,500 Kiwis have been caught in the dragnet, almost half the total of 4,000, and Wellington has raised concerns that many of those deported grew up in Australia and have no ties to New Zealand.

Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton denied New Zealanders were being singled out and said the policy would not change.

“If you come as a New Zealand citizen, or a Brit, wherever you come from, your country of origin is where you go back to if you have committed a crime,” he told Channel Nine.

Dutton said his government was determined to “stand up for Australians”.

“Where we’ve got Australian citizens who are falling victim in certain circumstances where people are sexually offending against children, for example, we’ve had a big push to try to deport those paedophiles,” he said.

Dutton’s remarks came after Ardern aired concerns about the policy ahead of a meeting on Friday with Australian counterpart Scott Morrison in Melbourne.

“It’s having a corrosive effect on our relationship, so I’ll continue to raise it,” she told reporters Thursday.

Ardern employed the same blunt language she used at a meeting with Morrison in Auckland in February, when the Australian leader stood awkwardly while she ticked him off at a joint press conference. New Zealand and Australia offer each other automatic residency rights and almost 700,000 Kiwis have made the trip over the Tasman Sea to take advantage of their larger neighbour’s economy.

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