/ 31 May 2024

Weighing in from across the ditch


New Zealand’s Deputy PM/Foreign Minister Winston Peters has urged our Immigration Minister Andrew Giles “to take a ‘common sense’ approach to the deportation of people to New Zealand” who’ve spent most of their lives in Oz. The warning was prompted by Giles’ announcement yesterday that he would overhaul ministerial direction 99, which was established last year to prevent exactly what Peters is concerned about. It’s drawn attention – and criticism from the Coalition – because in practice it’s allowed those convicted of serious crimes to have their visa cancellations overturned, allowing them to stay in Oz. Giles – who’s facing calls to resign over the issue – hasn’t responded to Peters’ statement but said he’s working “day and night” to get a new directive ready to roll. 

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