Australia a 'rogue nation' NZ needs to call out at the UN after 15-year-old deported, say Greens

Green Party foreign affairs spokeswoman Golriz Ghahraman says Australia has become a rogue state that New Zealand should complain to the UN about.
Her comments come after Stuff revealed that a 15-year-old boy was deported under Australias controversial 501 policy, which sees the country deport non-citizens who fail a character test" even if they have spent most of their lives as Australian residents.

Ghahraman said this was an alarming escalation of Australias policy.

We know now that they are willing to make a child essentially an orphan, Ghahraman said.


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It seems like he has no strong familial and cultural links to New Zealand. Because we know Oranga Tamariki are on call to take him.

He appears to now be made homeless but stranded in a country he has no links with. Its incredibly traumatising.

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Golriz Ghahraman said Australia had come a rogue nation on such matters.

Ghahraman said if any other country in the region was abusing human rights at this level, New Zealand would use its considerable diplomatic might to call it out in international forums.

She noted that the Prime Minister had called out this specific practice Ardern shirt-fronted Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison over it in Sydney early in 2020 but not in international forums like the UN.

Its time to raise it in international forums the way that we would if it was a non-western country that went rogue, Ghahraman said.

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Australian Homes Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, who has referred to the 501 deportees as trash.

We should be talking about this in our UN forums. We may want to lay a complaint. We should be using our diplomatic might to call on our friends and allies in the international community to do the same.

The mortal integrity of the Australian government fell below the standard of caring about childrens rights a long time ago.

Ghahraman said Australia was an outlier on its hardline immigration and refugee policies and New Zealand would find allies if it put the issue before the UN.

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Ardern has called out Morrison directly on the issue.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that she did not yet have enough detail to comment on the case.

She has asked officials for a briefing and wants to look at the circumstances of the deportation. At this point, those who need to know, do, Ardern said.

Morrison knows my position on the policy, she said.

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Stuff revealed that a 15-year-old boy was deported under Australias controversial 501 policy, which sees the country deport non-citizens who fail a character test" even if they have spent most of their lives as Australian residents.

New Zealand governments of the Left and Right have complained about the practice, but conceded that Australia itself can create the immigration system it deems fit.

Hundreds of thousands of Kiwis live long-term in Australia without citizenship on permanent residency visas.

The deported child was now in a managed isolation facility.


A spokesman for Oranga Tamariki did not address questions from Stuff, but said in a statement: Oranga Tamariki has been working extensively with the relevant authorities in both Australia and New Zealand to support this young persons arrival into New Zealand.

A spokeswoman for the Australian Department of Home Affairs said in a written statement it did not comment on individual cases.

A non-citizens visa must be cancelled if they are serving a full-time term of imprisonment for an offence committed in Australia and they have, at any time, been sentenced to a period of 12 months or more imprisonment, regardless of their age or nationality.

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