Jacinda Ardern criticises Australian laws

Ardern Morrison discuss migration policy
NZ PM Jacinda Ardern meeting with Victorian premier Daniel Andrews on Thursday. (Photo: Scott McNaughton)

18 July 2019

Tom Cowie – Sydney Morning Herald

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says Australia’s deportation laws are having a “corrosive effect” on the relationship between the two countries.

Ms Ardern will meet with Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday, the first meeting between the two leaders since the Coalition government was re-elected in May.

Speaking in Melbourne ahead of the meeting, Ms Ardern said she would raise with Mr Morrison the deportation of New Zealand citizens when they commit crimes that attract more than 12 months jail.

In some cases, she told the New Zealand media, cancelling the visas was justified but in others it wasn’t.

“We have seen cases where there is also almost no connection of an individual to New Zealand who have been deported, she said. I consider that to be a corrosive part of that policy. And it’s having a corrosive effect on our relationship.”

Australia has deported more than 1,500 New Zealand citizens since changes were made to Australia’s Migration Act in 2014. Mr Morrison was Immigration Minister at the time the policy was introduced.

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