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system that encouraged fraud for residency by young people and fraud
for money by education providers:
Meanwhile, Winston Peters talks common sense to Australians:
Winston Peters, right, said as lashed Peter Duttons, left, comments.
We want a fair go and a thing called respect, NZ deputy PM Winston
Peters, right, said as lashed Peter Duttons, left, comments.
9:36AM March 3, 2020
New Zealands Deputy Prime Minister has lashed Peter Dutton for
disrespecting his country when making a highly emotive suggestion
Jacinda Ardern had only raised issue with Australias deportation laws
to win votes at her upcoming election.
Winston Peters accused the Home Affairs Minister for politicising what
he said most New Zealanders saw as a valid issue, and said New Zealand
didnt make a song and dance after an Australian citizen carried out
a massacre in Christchurch in 2019.
Mr Peters comments come a after New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda
Ardern reinforced her view that Australias deportation policy is
regrettable on Monday, hours after Mr Dutton launched an attack on
her over comments she made at a press conference in Sydney last week.
Responding to Ms Ardern, who told Scott Morrison that he was deporting
your people and your problems and not genuine Kiwis, Mr Dutton
reasoned Ms Ardern was going into an election campaign and that
Australia had no regrets about the number of visas its cancelled and
criminals it has deported to New Zealand.
Mr Dutton also said: I sleep well at night knowing that deporting
pedophiles from our shores mean that more Australian children wont
fall victim to that paedophile, and Id want to make sure that we have
a great migration system.
On Tuesday, Mr Peters said Mr Dutton had chosen a highly emotive
example by mentioning paedophiles, and said Australias policy was
Hes wrong, Mr Peters told ABC Radio about the suggestion that
raising issue with the deportation policy was an election tactic.
Weve been saying it ever since our special relationship changed in
Of all countries Australia should understand the unfairness of
deportation for so called crime reasons.
Australias foundation was a foundation of awful unfairness to good
people and here we are in 2020 and were having this dispute about
They (Australians) believe in a fair go, and fair play. And If they
knew what was going on here I think they wouldnt support it either.
Youve sent thousands back to New Zealand and weve sent a handful
back to you.
When you send back people who have been in Australia since year one
or year two, youve lost the plot.
You can pick that highly emotive case of somebody who is a sexual
If theyve arrived in Australia in year one its quite possible that
the formation of that predatory mind was an Australian cultural
experience and not a New Zealand cultural experience.
We had a mass murderer come to this country from Australia. Did we
make a song and dance with Australia about that? It was the worst
tragedy weve ever had, 51 people lost their lives far worse than
Port Arthur. And nobody in my country sought to abuse Australia about
that. Thats my point. We want a fair go and we want a thing called
Weve been friends for centuries, dont ruin it for some political
opportunism which originates in Australia not New Zealand.
Asked if New Zealand should deport more Australians in response, Mr
Peters said: two wrongs dont make a right.
He also warned that criminals deported from Australia have created
serious gang violence issues in his country.
You need friends in Australia, so do we. We have got a great deal in
common far more than any other two nations. Lets not spoil it, lets
not behave this way, lets not politicise this matter.