New Zealand lashes at Australia in citizenship row over terror suspect

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses supporters at a Labour Party event in Wellington New Zealand

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses supporters at a Labour Party event in Wellington New Zealand

"It is wrong that New Zealand should shoulder the responsibility for a situation involving a woman who has not lived in New Zealand since she was six, has resided in Australia since that time, has her family in Australia and left for Syria from Australia on her Australian passport", Ardern said in a statement, adding "any fair minded person would consider this person an Australian and that is my view too". 'They did not act in good faith, ' she said.

"Coming to New Zealand, where they have no immediate family, would not be in their best interests".

The 26-year-old held both Australian and New Zealand citizenship until Canberra revoked it last year.

Turkish authorities say she's an Islamic State terrorist. Later that year she was informed Australia had revoked the woman's citizenship.

A visibly furious Ardern unloaded on the Aussie PM Tuesday, slamming him over the federal government's decision to strip an Australian-New Zealand dual citizen of their Australian passport over terror accusations.

Ardern said at this time New Zealand raised its concerns with Australia "around resolving if in the eventuality in their detention, or potential return, for whom the responsibility for those individuals should reside".

The Prime Minister has come out swinging at Australia over its decision to revoke the citizenship of a woman detained at the Turkish border, who reportedly attempted to enter from Syria. "But now there are two children involved".

"You can imagine my response", Ardern said today at parliament about when she learned of what Morrison had done.

Ardern raised the issue of the woman when authorities first detected that she was headed to Syria.

UK PM Johnson: No decisions on exact date of opening of schools
He added he wants England's third lockdown to be the last, with progress out of restrictions "to be cautious but also irreversible".

One press gallery journalist in attendance reportedly told AAP's New Zealand correspondent, Ben McKay: "That's the angriest I've ever seen her".

"But I can not hide the feeling I have, strongly on behalf of New Zealanders, about what's been done here because it's simply not right".

Asked if he thought Ardern had not been respectful of the Australian Government, he said: "I just think there is a growing number of skirmishes between the Australian and New Zealand Government that we haven't seen in the past".

"I never believed that the right response was to simply have a race to revoke people's citizenship". That would be the right thing to do. "I ask of Australia that they do the same". We will put our hands up when we need to own the situation, we expected the same of Australia, ' she said.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (left) and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speak to the media during a press conference in Sydney, February 28, 2020.

He added that legislation passed in parliament automatically cancels the citizenship of a dual citizen accused of being engaged in terrorist activities. And I understand that and the Prime Minister and I are scheduled to speak later today.

"I think all Australians would agree with that".

The Bulletin is The Spinoff's acclaimed daily digest of New Zealand's most important stories, delivered directly to your inbox each morning.

Recommended News

  • Biden administration to allow 25,000 asylum-seekers in Mexico into US

    Biden administration to allow 25,000 asylum-seekers in Mexico into US

    Homeland Security said the move "should not be interpreted as an opening for people to migrate irregularly to the United States". In the meantime, the Biden administration has failed to provide simple answers on its plan to protect the border.
    Happy Valentine's Day from US First Lady

    Happy Valentine's Day from US First Lady

    She has many different ideas, and it will take time to establish them. "Miss her as our First Lady!" another added . It's not the first time Jill Biden has put decorative hearts up at the White House .
    Province reports 50 new cases of COVID-19

    Province reports 50 new cases of COVID-19

    There have been 194 cases announced since Monday, accounting for almost all of the province's current active cases. Under Alert Level 5, all businesses and other facilities, with the exception of essential services have closed.
  • Double storms forecasting up to 25 cm of snow for Toronto

    Double storms forecasting up to 25 cm of snow for Toronto

    Between 15 and 25 centimetres of snow is expected to fall from Monday into Tuesday across portions of Southern Ontario. Snow may be heavy at times with a windchill of -17C Monday night.
    CDC Suggests New York Residents Double Mask To Protect From COVID

    CDC Suggests New York Residents Double Mask To Protect From COVID

    Double masking can significantly improve protection, new data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. However, mask wearing has proven to limit the spread of coronavirus in areas where the practice is widely observed.
    Strong quake jolts northeastern Japan

    Strong quake jolts northeastern Japan

    He said there were several reports of minor injuries from the quake, such as a man getting hit by a falling object. The agency initially reported the strength of the quake as 7.1, but later revised the figure upwards.
  • Three Rockets Land in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan

    Three Rockets Land in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan

    It was not immediately clear where the fire was located, but one area resident posted that it was on the edge of the airport. Another US official said the projectiles were 107 mm rockets, fired around eight kilometres (five miles) west of Arbil.
    A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Feb. 13, 2021

    A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Feb. 13, 2021

    Pfizer has promised to deliver on its goal to ship four million doses to Canada by the end of March. Those groups will receive the second dose between 21 and 27 days after their first.
    Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi's detention extended as protesters gather

    Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi's detention extended as protesters gather

    However some internet services in Yangon resumed at the start of the working day, according to an AFP reporter in the city. Myanmar group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners has also voiced concern about overnight arrests.
  • Some Utah Republicans want to censure Mitt Romney for his impeachment vote

    Some Utah Republicans want to censure Mitt Romney for his impeachment vote

    Pat Toomey following his decision to find former President Donald Trump guilty at the end of the weeklong impeachment trial . Kyshia Lineberger, the RNC committeewoman from North Carolina , said she will vote to censure Burr.
    First Pfizer vaccine shipment arrives in Australia

    First Pfizer vaccine shipment arrives in Australia

    Labor's health spokesman Mark Butler says there are still many questions around the rollout that the government hasn't answered. Priority will be given to hotel quarantine workers that are most likely to come into contact with positive worldwide arrivals.
    Victoria back in third lockdown as MIQ outbreak grows

    Victoria back in third lockdown as MIQ outbreak grows

    Players also stayed in a "bubble" environment at last year's US Open in NY , which went ahead behind closed doors, and the delayed French Open.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.