July 18, 2018
Mass deportations strain Tasman ties
Foreign Minister and acting Prime Minister Winston Peters is concerned at continuing human rights abuses in Australia's tough management of its visa policy.
Australia's Administrative Appeals Tribunal last week ordered the release of a New Zealand-born 17-year old who had been held in an adult immigration detention centre in Melbourne, but immigration minister Peter Dutton says he still wants to deport him.
Mr Peters says the detention was in breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and he hopes the teenage will now have the chance to turn his life around.
"Mr Dutton is talking about looking at his other legal options. Well I don't know what they might be but my point really is this relationship between our two countries is not being improved by this sort of behaviour and that's why I want to be up front and frank with the Aussies as to what we expect," he says.
Since it toughened its visa policies Australia has deported more than 1300 New Zealanders, many with no charges against them or who had few or no close family links in this country.
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