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Jacinda Ardern Is Furious At Australia For Deporting A Teenager Back To New Zealand

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Jacinda Ardern Is Furious At Australia For Deporting A Teenager Back To New Zealand

New Zealand's leader is fuming over Australia's decision to deport a 15-year-old boy alone.

Newshub reports the teenager was kicked out of Australia for an unknown reason and he was sent to New Zealand on a plane by himself.

Australia and NZ have a joint agreement to deport foreign nationals across the Tasman Sea if they're found guilty of a crime.

However, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has taken issue with her counterpart's administration for removing citizens who might have spent nearly their entire life in the other country.

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The case of the 15-year-old has angered Ms Ardern and she's asking for reasons why he was booted from Australia.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"Within the group of 501s that we had returned recently, there was what we considered a minor in that group," she said.

"I have a specific objection to the fact that we have people being deported from Australia who we consider to be Australians."

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She revealed she wasn't made aware of the deportation until she was contacted by the media.

It's reported to be the first minor deported under the sharing agreement between Australia and New Zealand.

A person who was on the flight claimed the boy was 'freaking out' about going to New Zealand alone, however no other details were revealed about the issue.

But there are calls within New Zealand to get more official information from Australian authorities to understand the reasoning behind the deportation.

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Matthew Tukaki, executive director of the Māori Council, said in a statement: "The fact that a 15-year-old child has been put on a place with convicted criminals, regardless of the policy, is just wrong.

"My question is where is the family? Were they deported alone? Were they deported without any support and who are they being deported back into the care of?"

When asked about the subject of deportations, Australia's Home Affairs Minister didn't seem to care if people were having their lives uprooted.

Peter Dutton instead told Channel 9 that the policy was like 'taking out the trash', which he said 'can make Australia a safer place'.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 9

Topics: Australia

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