Aust, NZ must team up on Pacific policies

Ardern arrives in Sydney
New Zealand’s PM Jacinda Ardern has arrived in Sydney for bilateral talks with Malcolm Turnbull. (Photo: AP)

2 March 2018

Lisa Martin – The West Australian

New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters delivered in a keynote speech in Sydney ahead of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s bilateral talks with Malcolm Turnbull on Friday.

Mr Peters said it was important to be respectful of Pacific countries’ wishes to manage their own affairs, while at the same time maintaining emphasis on human rights, rule of law, transparency, good governance and democracy.

Deportation of New Zealanders on the agenda

The fate of Kiwi convicted criminals deported from Australia will be on the agenda during the Australian and New Zealand leaders’ bilateral meeting.

As of late January, there were 170 New Zealanders, including 17 women, in Australian immigration detention whose visas were automatically revoked following a December 2014 crackdown on foreign-born convicted criminals. However, some New Zealanders who grew up in Australia and have weak ties across the ditch have appealed their deportations.

Ms Ardern acknowledged Australia’s legal rights to toughen up visa rules but flagged she’ll be putting a moral case to Mr Turnbull during their meeting.

A New Zealand parliamentary committee last week was told, 1,023 deportees had been sent back in the last two years and 44 per cent of them had reoffended.

[Read the full West Australian article].

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