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Q+A: 'a sore that will fester if it's not fixed'

Q+A: New Zealanders who are being deported from Australia after committing a crime is 'a sore that will fester if it's not fixed' - Australian Greens Immigration spokesperson

New Zealanders who’re being deported from Australia after committing a crime is 'a sore that will fester if it's not fixed between Australia and New Zealand’ - Australian Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young

‘..and it seems as though it's a gross sense of overreach by the Australian Government. Rather than considering the practical consequences of what they have done, the automated locking people up, throwing away the key isn't just a human rights issue, but it's going to continue to be a sore that will fester if it's not fixed between Australia and New Zealand.’

Senator Hanson-Young told TV One’s Q+A programme, these ‘are people who haven’t lived in New Zealand since they were sometimes very young children. They are, by all other means, Australian. They were educated here, they went to school here, they’ve got jobs here, they’ve paid taxes here. If they are able to stay; if they’ve done their time, then they should be able to.’

Ms Hanson-Young says she will be raising the issue when the Australian parliament reconvenes in a week, ‘as an Australian politician, we have got to start standing up for what is right.’

Q+A, 9-10am Sundays on TV ONE and one hour later on TV ONE plus 1. Repeated Sunday evening at 11:35pm. Streamed live atwww.tvnz.co.nz

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