While the international press waxed lyrical over the high priestess of woke, NZ PM Jacinda Ardern, standing firm against Australian PM Scott Morrison over the corrosive situation being created by deportation, she ended up revealing her own hypocrisy.
The Australian Department of Home Affairs reported 907 people had their visas cancelled based on character requirements in 2018. 453 of those were Kiwis.
While she may protest that Kiwis that are deported after committing crimes/serving jail time in Australia, Immigration NZ noted that in the past 5 years, 1,040 people have been sent packing from the land of the long white cloud. Most deportees were from Samoa (145 in five years), Tonga (120) and Fiji (113). To think of all the fossil fuels required to send these people back home when she knows their islands are being threatened by rising sea levels (even though they aren’t)!
Oh, and even though the Labor Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers may think Jacinda Ardern’s Wellness Budget is something to aspire to, he needs to look at the data which shows Australia is more generous on a relative and absolute basis, so to adopt it would be regressive. Furthermore, it is happy with higher unemployment as a consequence.